QAT Global Director Recommends Must Reads for IT Leaders

QAT Global Director Recommends Must Reads for IT Leaders

Last Updated: February 20, 20242.2 min readCategories: Business & IT Leadership
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Must Read Book Recommendations for IT Leaders

Our Director of Brazil Operations here at QAT Global, Alex Barros, has two new must-read book recommendations for IT Leaders to add to their reading list. Along with being an avid reader and learning lover, Barros oversees all IT project developments by the Brazil Office, while dealing with clients and the technical aspects of each project. To go with his Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Nebraska Omaha and his B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from UFRJ-Brazil, Barros has over twenty years of international experience working in IT in Brazil and the United States. Along with his extensive knowledge of deep software development and technology, Barros is also proficient in analytics, IT management, and communication.

Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry

By Susan Lammers (Editor)

The first book you must get your hands on and read Alex recommends because it, “Provides a snapshot into the workings of minds that helped shape the early computer industry.”

Susan Lammers’, Programmers at Work: Interviews with 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry is a book of insight into the minds of the computer industry’s forefathers. Gain access to programming pioneers and revolutionaries in this collection of interviews and become familiar with some of the computer industry’s most recognizable and impactful programmers. Among the nineteen interviewed in Lammers’ book are John Warnock, C. Wayne Ratcliff, and Andy Hertzfield. Learn of their triumphs, struggles, personal approach to design, and major events that impacted the computer industry then that lead to developments today.

After the Gold Rush: Creating a True Profession of Software Engineering

By Steve McConnell

Alex highly recommends his second book choice because it, “Discusses how the IT profession needs to mature into a more formal discipline.”

In After the Gold Rush: Creating a True Profession of Software Engineering, Steve McConnell, President and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software, proposes that software engineering changes its tune. He thinks it needs to start by maturing into a more formal discipline with a defined body of core knowledge, professional certification, and a professional code of ethics. In his easily read inspection of the software development industry, McConnell describes the current state of controlled chaos in software engineering and introduces us to his idea of a more controlled, reliable, and efficient discipline. His book, enjoyable for both software development insiders and non-technical readers, directs the industry toward its concrete future.

We hope you enjoyed reading these two insightful books helpful for IT leaders recommended by our expert Alex Barros. As always, we encourage you to share our recommendations with your friends, colleagues, and on social media.

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