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Book: Enchantment

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Enchantment: Art of Getting People to Do What You Want
by Guy Kawasaki

Summary: A number of ideas and techniques to create enchanting products and relationships for the benefit of all involved

Intended Audience: Those in positions of influence who are looking for ways to build deeper relationships

Book: The Lean Startup

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The Lean Startup
by Eric Ries

Summary: A significant contribution of ideas about how to improve capital efficiency in startups and more deeply engage employees and customers to create tighter learning and feedback loops.

Intended Audience: Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-at-heart. And anyone interested in helping their organization learn faster. And probably you.

Book: Blink

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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

Summary: An anecdotal and scientific investigation into whether initial impressions are helpful or hindering.  Packed with examples, it includes tips on when to recognize which situation is which.

Intended Audience: Anyone who has every had a gut feeling that they should read this book

Agile 2011: My Reading List

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One of the things that I love about attending Agile 2011 is the rapid-fire exposure to new ideas.  In particular, I usually get enough book ideas to fill up my reading list for a good part of the next year.  This year, I am certain I will not get to all of these.

Here are the books that I made note of this year. 

Book: Outliers

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Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Summary: An investigation into the conditions that lead to successful individuals and why traditional assumptions about intelligence, personality, and effort are only a part of the picture.

Intended Audience: Widely accessible book for those curious about why some are successful and some are not

Book: Do More Faster

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Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
by David Cohen and Brad Feld

Summary: A compendium of short discussions on what you will encounter in an early-stage startup and advice that can help you to handle these situations.

Intended Audience: Anyone involved in startups that is looking for guidance or new ideas
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