On My Shelf with Nadine Oldorf — Senior Business Analyst at ThoughtWorks (Hamburg)

Stefanie Bialas
Aug 3 · 4 min read
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About me

I’m a Senior Business Analyst Consultant at ThoughtWorks in Hamburg/Germany. I consider myself a Generalist — BA, PO, PM, and more, as long as it relates to people and solving their problems with meaningful products. In addition, I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts, because it’s my favorite way to get inspired.


On my shelf

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Accelerate

The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations
by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble & Gene Kim

My opinion

I studied Physics, which means scientific approaches attract me magically. This book presents the findings of a study about the measurement of software delivery performance and the difference between high, medium, and low performing companies (e.g. Lead Time, Deployment Frequency, MTTR, Change Fail Percentage). Although the insights can be quite technical it shows the scientific proof for everything you can read in general books on how to create products.


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Reinventing Organizations

An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations
by Frederic Laloux & Etienne Appert

My opinion

If you are interested in organizational change, transformation processes, or just want to get more insights on the topic of ‘New Work’, this is your book. I especially liked the illustrated version, because the effect of the statements is further enhanced by the pictures. It explains nicely how organizational change also happens naturally and what you as an employee could do. For me, as a consultant, it helped me get fresh ideas on how a company could manage itself.


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Lean Inception

How to Align People and Build the Right Product
by Paulo Caroli

My opinion

Lean Inception is practically the next step after you decided on what to build next with an existing team or want to start a new product team. As a BA, I often help teams to start with a new product or feature. The book shows a nice schedule on how to align on different aspects (Business, Design, Tech) in just one week and gives also recommendations on methods (e.g. how to create an empathy map) that could be used. I used this process already several times successfully during the last years.


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Invisible Women

Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
by Caroline Criado Perez

My opinion

This book was eye-opening. It should be a must-read, just to raise awareness if you want to decide which feature should be implemented next based on data — especially as a Product Manager.

“Invisible Women is a game-changer; an uncompromising blitz of facts, sad, mad, bad and funny, making an unanswerable case and doing so brilliantly. … the ambition and scope — and sheer originality — of Invisible Women is huge; no less than the story of what happens when we forget to account for half of humanity. It should be on every policymaker, politician and manager’s shelves.” The Times (UK)

272 pages, Harry N. Abrams 2019


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Rising Strong

by Brené Brown

My opinion

After I watched Brené Brown’s Ted Talk about vulnerability, I read the whole book series (“The gift of imperfection”, “Daring Greatly”, “Rising Strong”, “Dare to Lead”). I could recommend every single one of them but “Rising Strong” is by far my favorite because it gives hands-on activities on how to overcome failure and rise again. It actually helped to build up better team spirits because you understand what is needed to build trust and encourages you to try new things. For more watch, the Ted Talk here.



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https://worldofassortment.blogspot.com/ | Passioned about technology and Salesforce, running and sports lover | Learning about different cultures every day!

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With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

Stefanie Bialas

Written by

https://worldofassortment.blogspot.com/ | Passioned about technology and Salesforce, running and sports lover | Learning about different cultures every day!

PM Library

With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

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