Category Archives: Book

Ries. E. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Crown Business. 2011

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Ries’ book is well known in start-up scene. For a computer scientist/software engineer, the idea of the book resonates well with the agile software development movement. Ries pushes (start-up) companies to iterate the core product offering and business model of … Continue reading

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Johnson, S. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Penguin Group. 2011

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In his book, Johnson parallels technology development/innovation with biological evolution. The core idea of the book is that like evolution also innovation benefit from reinventing/reusing, sharing, openness, errors and randomness. Johnson presents both historical and more current examples of innovation … Continue reading

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Reeves, B. and Nass, C. (1996) The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places. Chicago, IL, US: Center for the Study of Language and Information; New York, NY, US: Cambridge University Press, 305 p.

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Reeves and Nass (1996) made experiments to study if people are polite to computers in the same was as they are polite to humans interviewers, i.e., if they give more positive answers when a computer asks questions about itself than … Continue reading

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Nielsen, J. (1993) Usability Engineering. Academic Press, Boston, USA. 358 p.

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Although Nielsen’s book is now 20 years old, it still is a good reference on things like how to make a heuristic evaluation, how can usability be measured and what sort of ethical considerations are involved in having real users … Continue reading

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Christian, B. The Most Human Human: What talking with computers teaches us about what it means to be alive (2011)

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Christian’s book is a story (almost a diary) about participating to the annual Loebner Prize Competition as a human confederate. Loebner prize competition is basically a Turing test competition where chatbots compete agains each other and the winner is declared … Continue reading

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Lazar, J., Heidi, J. and Hochheiser, H. (2010) Research methods in human-computer interaction. Wiley, Glasgow, Great Britain. 426 p.

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Lazar et al. have gathered a nice collection of central methods in HCI, and also in analysing both quantitative and qualitative data. The part of analysis starts from the very beginning, so it is a very good and practical book … Continue reading

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Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010) Business Model Generation

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Osterwalder’s and Pigneur’s book describes a key tool of their business thinking/modeling, namely Business Model Canvas. The canvas is a visual presentation of key business (model) topics. The author’s claim the canvas to be a great tool for describing, analyzing, … Continue reading

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Andierssen, J.H.E. (2003) Working with Groupware: Understanding and Evaluating Collaboration Technology

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Andierssen’s book is a compact yet comprehensive introduction to collaboration technologies and especially on thinking and evaluating their quality from the users’ perspective. In just 150 pages the book covers implications and roles of collaboration technology in work and society, … Continue reading

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