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About Lauren Simkin Berke
Lauren Simkin Berke is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, raised in Manhattan, and currently living and working in Brooklyn. Berke works as an artist, illustrator, educator, and when time allows publishes art books and zines under the name Captain Sears Press.
Berke is an award winning illustrator, working with clients such as The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance. Berke's artwork has graced book covers such as Katie Rain Hill's Rethinking Normal, The Paris Review's The Writer's Chapbook, and the first edition of Susan Stryker's Transgender History.
Were I Not A Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry is their first picture book.
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Playful and thought-provoking, The Art of Business Value explores what business value means, why it matters, and how it should affect your software development and delivery practices. More than any other IT delivery approach, DevOps (and Agile thinking in general) makes business value a central concern. This book examines the role of business value in software and makes a compelling case for why a clear understanding of business value will change the way you deliver software.
This book will make you think deeply about not only what it means to deliver value but also the relationship of the IT organization to the rest of the enterprise. It will give you the language to discuss value with the business, methods to cut through bureaucracy and strategies for incorporating Agile teams and culture into the enterprise. Most of all, this book will startle you into new ways of thinking about the cutting-edge of Agile practice and where it may lead."
Like other girls of her time, Margaret Bulkley didn't go to school. She wouldn't grow up to own property, be a soldier, a doctor, or hold any job other than perhaps maid or governor--such was a girl's lot in 19th century England. And was she comfortable born in a girl's body? We will never know. What we do know is that at the age of 18, she tugged off her stockings and dress, cut her red-gold curls, and vanished. In her place appeared a young man. Margaret became James Barry. James would attend medical school, become a doctor and a soldier, travel the world. He would fall in love, deliver babies, and fight in a duel. And he would live a rich full life.
Here is a picure book that is both a fascinating and sensitively drawn portrait of someone who would not be undervalued, and an important introduction to the concept of gender identity.