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Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Computing, gaming and the internet

Please visit our Book Bulletin 2019 crowdfunding project at CrowdPatch to buy recommendations for our Winter 2019 catalogue and to volunteer your skills, experience and contacts. All funds raised will support not-for-profit Jolabokaflod CIC’s forthcoming programme of events.

Lessons Learned in Software Testing
Cem Kaner, James Bach and Bret Pettichord
(UK: Wiley, @WileyGlobal, 2002; USA: Wiley, @WileyGlobal, 2001)

Decades of software testing experience condensed into the most important lessons learned. The world’s leading software testing experts lend you their wisdom and years of experience to help you avoid the most common mistakes in testing software. Each lesson is an assertion related to software testing, followed by an explanation or example that shows you the how, when, and why of the testing lesson. More than just tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid, Lessons Learned in Software Testing speeds you through the critical testing phase of the software development project without the extensive trial and error it normally takes to do so. The ultimate resource for software testers and developers at every level of expertise.

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Recommended by:
David Evans, Freelance IT Consultant and Founder, 6 Questions

As a consultant, David seeks new IT opportunities in the IT sector, especially in Software Testing and QA work within the mobile, gaming and web development industries. He helps busy professionals bake self-care into each day to avoid burn-out. As Founder of 6 Questions, David offers an efficient, flexible, effective bespoke service to every client, large or small. The company offers software testing for websites, web apps and mobile apps of all sizes and complexities. 6 Questions also offers communication capabilities as an additional service for those who require blog posts, articles and copy to be created as a one-off or on an ongoing basis.

Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World
Geoff Mulgan
(UK: Princeton University Press, @PrincetonUPress, 2017; USA: Princeton University Press, @PrincetonUPress, 2017)

A new field of collective intelligence has emerged in the last few years, prompted by a wave of digital technologies that make it possible for organisations and societies to think at large scale. This ‘bigger mind’ -human and machine capabilities working together – has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. So why do smart technologies not automatically lead to smart results?

Gathering insights from diverse fields, including philosophy, computer science, and biology, Big Mind reveals how collective intelligence can guide corporations, governments, universities, and societies to make the most of human brains and digital technologies. Geoff Mulgan explores how collective intelligence has to be consciously organised and orchestrated in order to harness its powers; how recent experiments mobilise millions of people to solve problems; and why organisations full of smart people and machines can make foolish mistakes, showing  how to avoid errors in the first place.

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones | WHSmith
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks)
CanadaFindaBookstore.ca (independents) | Amazon | Indigo
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | Goodreads | SapnaOnline
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Eason | Kennys
Australia: Bookshops.com.au (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | Dymocks
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the world: Book DepositoryWordery

Recommended by:
Simon Krystman, Entrepreneur | Social Entrepreneur, 12R Prizes; Founder, The Smart Startup Company; Founder, IdeasPatch; Director, Brain Mind Forum; CEO, CrowdPatch CIC

Simon is a passionate entrepreneur who has successfully set up and exited a number of businesses in the digital and innovation space over the past 20 years; most recently launching a suite of products for start-ups and early-stage companies (accessed via Start-up Tools 101). These revolve around ideas, people and funding. He is also in the process of co-authoring a book about the Ideas Economy. Simon’s philanthropic activities involve crowdfunding for communities where he runs a crowdfunding platform to raise small amounts of funding for social causes, often working with MPs and other community leaders.

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