Bio & Biblio

  • 1996 – born in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan
  • 2003 – begin studies in both Primary and Music School
  • 2008 – move to Secondary school and graduate from Music School. I now know how to play the guitar and the piano – a social skill that will keep me floating ever since 🙂 It’s time to focus on learning school subjects and sports! I play Rugby and practice Martial Arts
  • 2012 – enter “International House Tashkent” Lyceum
  • 2013-2014 – I’m meeting many people who alongside my Uni friends will become people I’m glad I can call friends. I’m focusing on keeping my body and mind sharp. 
  • 2015 – graduate from the Lyceum with C1 English, solid math skills and interest in technology. I also complete my first MOOC at Coursera – “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” – I think I will never step learning online.
  • 2015 – enter “Westminster University” and study various subjects in the area of Information Systems, Project Management, Venture Capitals, IP Laws, etc. In addition to University, I continue learning online with FreeCodeCamp, Coursera, Udemy, YouTube.
  • 2016 – I land my first job at Sensus. Balancing partying, working and studying (sometimes exactly in that order). This is also when I picked up listening to Podcasts I think.
  • 2017 – 2018 – I take part in Drama Club, Comedy Club, run Web Dev Club and enjoy my student years. “Work & Travel” program in San Francisco, CA.
  • 2018, June 16 – I sit on a bench in San Francisco bay area and bump into my future wife Kamila
  • 2019 – graduate from the University with BAs in Business Information Systems and move to Poland to begin intensive Polish Language and Culture Course in Jagiellonian University.
  • 2020 – I now know how to speak Polish and get very very close with Kamila’s family. I and Kamila get civilly married 
  • 2020 – COVID hits. I learn how to play tennis, gardening and do IBM Data Science Specialization and start working at Lingaro as Associate Consultant – Business Analyst or Scrum Master on 2-3 projects at a time.
  • 2021 – set up sole proprietorship – “Iskander Ganeev Consulting”. I have 21 courses completed on Coursera. Getting promoted to Consultant. Managing New Demand – starting around 10-12 projects per year.
  • 2022 – promoted to Lead Consultant. Managing the Engagement – 12 people in my Team. I began to get interested in Public Speaking skills and attend several Toastmasters events.
  • 2023 – I and Kamila have Catholic marriage.
  • 2023 – Over 40 project in Value Chain Optimization are delivered in which I either played a role of Business Analyst, Scrum Master, Project Initiation Lead or Project Manager. I start focusing on creating content and experimenting with generative AI creating, Zenkai Bushinban, and start working on multiple courses on Agile Software Management, Design Thinking, Communication and.
  • 2024 – …

Below are the books I’ve read at least once.

Some are not here because I could not remember or omitted them, on purpose.

They make a big part of who I am.

🤖 IT, Programming & Design

  1. “Fundamentals of Software Architecture: An Engineering Approach” by Mark Richards
  2. “Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know about Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking” by Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett
  3. “Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems” by Martin Kleppmann
  4. “The New Automation Mindset: The Leadership Blueprint for the Era of AI-for-All” by Vijay Tella
  5. “Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics” by Stephen Wendel
  6. “Practical DataOps: Delivering Agile Data Science at Scale” by Harvinder Atwal
  7. “Aligning Business Strategies and Analytics: Bridging Between Theory and Practice” by Murugan Anandarajan and Teresa D. Harrison
  8. “Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python” by Joel Grus
  9. “Understanding the Role of Business Analytics: Some Applications” by Hardeep Chahal, Jeevan Jyoti and Jochen Wirtz
  10. “Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals” by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  11. “JavaScript: The Definitive Guide: Master the World’s Most-Used Programming Language “ by David Flanagan
  12. “Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming” by Marijn Haverbeke
  13. “Personal Finance with Python: Using pandas, Requests, and Recurrent” by Max Humber

💼 Project, Product Management & Business Analysis:

  1. “Software Requirements” by Joy Beatty and Karl Wiegers
  2. “Business Analysis Methodology Book” by Emrah Yayici
  3. “The Inside Track to Excelling As a Business Analyst: Soft Skills That Can Accelerate Your Career” by Roni Lubwama
  4. “The Art of Agile Product Ownership: A Guide for Product Managers, Business Analysts, and Entrepreneurs” by Allan Kelly
  5. “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition and The Standard for Project Management” by PMI
  6. “A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide)” by IIBA
  7. “Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide” by IIBA
  8. “Guide to Software Development: Designing and Managing the Life Cycle” by Arthur M. Langer

🚀 Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Sales:

  1. “Mastering Technical Sales: The Sales Engineer’s Handbook” by John Care and Aron Bohlig
  2. “The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs” by Amy Wilkinson
  3. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries 
  4. “The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime” by MJ DeMarco
  5. “The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness” by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
  6. “Start From Zero: Build Your Own Business & Experience True Freedom” by Dane Maxwell
  7. “The Embedded Entrepreneur: How to Build an Audience-Driven Business” by Arvid Kahl
  8. “The Minimalist Entrepreneur: How Great Founders Do More with Less” by Sahil Lavingia
  9. “Make” by Peter Levels
  10. “Marketing 5.0: Technology for Humanity” by Philip Kotler, Hermawan Kartajaya, Iwan Setiawan
  11. “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World” by Gary Vaynerchuk
  12. “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” by Michael E. Gerber
  13. “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” by Clayton M. Christensen
  14. “$100M Offers: How to Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No” by Alex Hormozi

🌐 Economy & Finance:

  1. “Economics: The User’s Guide” by Ha-Joon Chang
  2. “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too” by George Lakey
  3. “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
  4. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason
  5. “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” by Ramit Sethi
  6. “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  7. “Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  8. “Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley―Making AI Serve Us All” by Kevin Scott, Greg Shaw, J. D. Vance
  9. (in Polish) “Finansowa Forteca” by Marcin Iwuć
  10. “The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing” by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren E. Buffett
  11. ”Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionising our World” by George Gilder

🌴 Personal Development & Psychology:

  1. “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships” by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  2. “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle
  3. “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)” by Hal Elrod and Robert Kiyosaki
  4. “Miracle Morning Millionaires: What the Wealthy Do Before 8AM That Will Make You Rich (The Miracle Morning Book 11)” by Hal Elrod, David Osborn, Honoree Corder
  5. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey
  6. “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie 
  7. “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie 
  8. “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
  9. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson. There is also a Netflix show about it.
  10. “Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope” by Mark Manson
  11. “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen, James Fallows
  12. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss
  13. “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport
  14. “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport
  15. “Tools Of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” by Timothy Ferriss, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  16. “Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life)” by Thomas Erikson
  17. “Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships” by Eric Berne
  18. “The 5AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life” by Robin Sharma
  19. “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny” by Robin Sharma
  20. “The Everyday Hero Manifesto: Activate Your Positivity, Maximize Your Productivity, Serve The World” by Robin Sharma
  21. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy
  22. “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius
  23. “Letters from a Stoic” by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  24. “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo
  25. “The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter” by Michael D. Watkins
  26. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
  27. “Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy
  28. “The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness” by Eric Jorgenson
  29. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl
  30. “HBR Guide to Beating Burnout” by Harvard Business Review

☕ Health, Diet and Family

  1. “SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome” by Darin Olien
  2. “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman” by Timothy Ferriss
  3. “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness Paperback” by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  4. “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times Won’t Last But Tough People Will: 101 Stories about Overcoming Life’s Challenges” by Amy Newmark
  5. “Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life” by Max Lugavere, Paul Grewal M.D.
  6. “What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing” by Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry
  7. “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts” by Gary Chapman
  8. “Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?” by Dr. Julie Smith
  9. “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity” by Peter Attia

🔬 Facts, Biographies & History:

  1. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl
  2. “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You” by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  3. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
  4. “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari 
  5. “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  6. “Breathe: A Life in Flow” by Rickson Gracie, Peter Maguire, Jocko Willink
  7. “Open: An Autobiography” by Andre Agassi
  8. “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein
  9. “Chengiz Khan” by Vasily Yan
  10. “What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir” by Haruki Murakami

🗺️ Arts, Cultures & Travel

  1. “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Héctor García, Francesc Miralles
  2. “How to Live in Denmark: A humorous guide for foreigners and their Danish Friends” by Kay Xander Mellish
  3. “Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living” by Linnea Dunne
  4. “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” by Meik Wiking
  5. “The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments” by Meik Wiking
  6. “Bushido: The Soul of Japan” by Inazo Nitobe, George M. Oshiro
  7. “Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life” by Beth Kempton
  8. “How Asia Works” by Joe Studwell
  9. “Vienna: The International Capital” by Angus Robertson
  10. “Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World” by Neil Gaiman
  11. (in Polish) “Wgląd. Buddyzm, Tajlandia, ludzie” by Kryszczyński Tomasz
  12. (in Polish) “Café Museum” by Robert Makłowicz
  13. (in Polish) “Sobremesa. Spotkajmy się w Hiszpanii” by Mikołaj Buczak
  14. (in Polish) “Nowy Jork. Opowieści o mieście” by Magdalena Żelazowska
  15. (in Polish) “Grecja. Gorzkie pomarańcze” by Dionisios Sturis
  16. (in Polish) “Moraliści. Jak Szwedzi uczą się na błędach i inne historie” by Katarzyna Tubylewicz
  17. (in Polish) “I cóż, że o Szwecji” by Kołaczek Natalia
  18. (in Polish) “Deutsche nasz Reportaze berlinskie” by Ewa Wanat
Fantasy World

🧙 Wow you made it to the bottom, here is my favorite Fantasy and Sci-fi: 

  1. “Redwall” by Brian Jacques. It started here – thank you mom! ❤️
  2. “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
  3. “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  4. “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss
  5. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
  6. “The Good Guys” by Eric Ugland
  7. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
  8. “Life, the Universe and Everything” by Douglas Adams
  9. “1984” by George Orwell
  10. “Metro” Series by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  11. “The Witcher” Series by Andrzej Sapkowski
  12. “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin
  13. “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  15. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  16. “American Gods” Neil Gaiman 
  17. “Norse Mythology” Neil Gaiman
  18. “Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution” by R.F. Kuang

🖤 Last, but not least – Classics:

  1. “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
  3. “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
  4. “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol
  5. “The Overcoat” and Other Short Stories by Nikolai Gogol
  6. “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev
  7. “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoevski
  8. “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevski
  9. “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevski
  10. “The Gambler” by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  11. “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov
  12. “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov
  13. “Oblomov” by Ivan Goncharov
  14. “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin
  15. Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose by Alexander Pushkin
  16. “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  17.  Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
  18.  “And Quiet Flows the Don” by Mikhail Sholokhov
  19. “Ogniem i Meczem” by Henryk Sienkiewicz