The Business Books Every Technology Leader Should Have In The Office

Written by Forbes Technology Council

Elite CIOs, CTOs & execs offer firsthand insights on tech & business. 

JAN 28, 2016


From developer codes of conduct to books about workflow and lean startup principles, having insightful reading on hand is key to ensuring your department is on top of its game.

While it’s tempting to bury yourself in the latest technology news online instead, the following reading list — recommended by successful technology executives from Forbes Technology Council – may help you improve your team’s overall performance more than you think.

1. The Lean Startup

The business side of technology is often overlooked in favor of getting your hands dirty in the latest tech. I’ve found that books targeted towards entrepreneurs and the business side of a company can be incredibly helpful and provide insight into a technology organization. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is great. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz and The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen are some other of my favorites. – Jared ChristophersonHooch

2. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

I like The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox. A few other quick but impactful books I like to keep around include: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande and The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield. – Russell GreenwaldInsource Services, Inc.

3. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

Technical people tend to understand the technical aspects of a product, but frequently underestimate or misunderstand the rest of the business. My personal favorite for this isThe Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman, because it covers pretty much everything at a high level, and the author has a recommended list of books for more detail on any one topic. – James DixonPentaho Corp