June 4, 2007 Uncategorized

Finding a Muse


So I read The 4-Hour Work Week not too long ago.  I was really busy at the time with family obligations.  I have nothing real keeping me from pursuing this so time to take the first steps and find a muse.

What is a muse?

It is a business.  The twist is that I won’t run the business I will own the business.  The point of the business is to fund a dream of mine.  Not to make money.

What is the dream that I want to fund?

Ahh, well that is not what this post is about.  Still I will give you a quick answer.  I want to do things like work on CI Factory full time.  Not just development but helping clients/users too.

In doing research for a muse you need to determine if there is a market for it.  Leon assures us that no one is going to steal your brilliant idea so here goes…  I think that there is more of a market for audio books in software development than is being filled.  These are just a few of the books that I wish were available for download at audible.com.

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) (The XP Series)Testing Extreme ProgrammingAgile and Iterative Development: A Manager's GuideAgile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)Agile Estimating and Planning (Robert C. Martin Series)    Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Best Practices (Microsoft))Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk (The Addison-Wesley Signature Series)Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders (The Agile Software Development Series)


I know that some of you have long commutes like Ayende.  Others might just prefer to listen to them.  Please leave a comment or email me at my Google account, “Jay.Flowers”, to let me know that you would be interested in purchasing a copy of one or more of these books from audible.com.  If you have other books that you would like to listen too please tell me about them.

I have not contacted the authors of these books yet.  As I understand it authors normally retain the rights to audio productions of their works.

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  1. Mark Capaldi says...

    I’ve often though this would be a good idea and it’s something I would definitely make use of.

    I guess the only problem would be things like how to describe code samples in an audio only format. This may restrict the choice of books but, overall, I still think it’s worthwhile venture.

    I never seem to get the time to read books so the audio format would really appeal to me.

    Good luck.

  2. MZ says...

    I would love to see these available…I had recently just checked audible.com looking for books on this topic and was disappointed to find none.

  3. David Wessman says...

    This is a great idea! I would add User Stories Applied and Agile Software Development with Scrum to your list.

  4. Nick Robinson says...


    I would be interested to talk to you about this. Last year I was part of a team working on a new web idea called SoundLeaf, typically to implement the idea you speak of, and more.

    Please email me on this I will share with you what I learnt.


  5. Joe Da Silva says...

    Most definetely!
    Count me in

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