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Business of Software Europe 2018

By , May 26, 2018 9:41 am

Last week I attended the Business of Software Europe 2018 conference, in London, United Kingdom. It’s a great conference, for people building sustainable software businesses. If you’re trying to create the next Instagram, this is not the conference for you. If you are trying to make your own mark on the world, carve out a future for yourself, this is probably the place to be.

I’m not going to try to write up a series of actionable points taken from the conference. That would take too long, and anyway, those are points relevant to me, which may not work for you. All I can say is that it’s a great conference, with a good community of attendees and no Jupiter class egos. You do usually need a pair of strong sunglasses to deal with Mark Littlewood’s shirts, but it’s a small price to pay. More women and more non-white people each year. Diversity is a good thing. I wish it wasn’t over so soon.

The following books were recommended by speakers at Business of Software Europe 2018

Collective Genius, by Linda Hill
Deep Work, by Cal Newport
Drive, by Dan Pink
The Progress Principle, by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
Failed It!, by Erik Kessels
Corporate Startup, by Tendayi Viki
The First Game of Business, Jack Stack
The Coaching Habit, by Michael Bungay Stamer
Work Rules, by Laszlo Bock
Turn the Ship Around!, by David Marquet

The following resources were recommended by speakers at Business of Software Europe 2018

Manager Talks podcast
Product Culture newsletter
Project Aristotle Building better teams through psychological safety

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