Alberti, R. E., & Emmons, M. L. (2017). Your perfect right: Assertiveness and equality in your life and relationships.

Teaches an assertive style of communication in life and in the workplace. Takes a casual, exploratory approach. Recommended!

Bolles, R. N. (2020). What color is your parachute?: A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers.

Provides advice on topics such as salary negotiation, job interviewing, informational interviewing, and the flower exercise. Suggests choosing a place to live before choosing a place to work. Describes the job search process as “NO collecting.” Recommended!

Cialdini, R. B. (2016). Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

Summarizes the work of the second-most cited social psychologist of all time. Engages the mind with real-world anecdotes about how to defend yourself against manipulative communication. Recommended!

Forsgren, N., Humble, J., & Kim, G. (2018). Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations.

Presents cultural and operational processes that ship software rapidly. Includes evidence-based arguments for trunk-based development, Westrum Organizational Culture, … Recommended!

Guarding Minds at Work. Know the Psychosocial Factors. (n.d.) Retrieved November 03, 2020, from

Describes 12 factors that improve workplace health. Includes surveys and training resources. Recommended!

McConnell, S. (1996). Rapid development: Taming wild software schedules.

Ends with a compendium of evidence-based practices for delivering software within the fastest possible schedule. Argues for best practices such as Goal Setting, Lifecycle Model Selection, and Principled Negotiation. Recommended!

Meadows, D. H., & Wright, D. (2015). Thinking in systems: A primer.

Written by MacArthur fellow Donella Meadows. Describes problems that arise in all systems (tragedy of the commons, rule following…) and prescribes ways to intervene (paradigm shifting, mutual coercion…). Recommended!

Paterson, R. J. (2000). Assertiveness workbook - how to express your ideas and stand up for yourself.

Takes a systematic, step-by-step approach with a clear progression toward assertiveness. Combines well with Your Perfect Right as a second reference for difficult social situations. Recommended!