Book Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Book Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Want to talk about something controversial? Politics? Religion? Healthcare? Mere child’s play compared to the deeply entrenched beliefs about the effectiveness of the Scrum or Agile practices in software development shops. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but the senior leadership that I’ve consulted with over the years tend to have impenetrable convictions about the value, or utter lack... Read More

Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter

Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter
“That’s not how we do it here.” Those words, when said by an authority figure such as a boss or team lead, can stifle innovative thinking and cap the creative juices that are necessary for an organization to adapt to a changing environment. I recently listened to John Kotter’s book by that title, That’s Not How We Do It Here! In this... Read More

Top 5 Books of 2016

Top 5 Books of 2016
I like to read. I find it relaxing, I find it entertaining, and I find it informing. I like a wide range of books. Over the past year, I’ve read non-fiction books on leadership, on behavioral economics, on beekeeping, and on hiking the Appalachian Trail. I’ve read fictional works like Dune, The Old Man and the Sea, and One Year After. Since... Read More

Book Review: The Lazy Project Manager

Book Review: The Lazy Project Manager
“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” Some attribute the axiom to Frank Lloyd Wright but others are adamant that he’s not the origin of it. Whoever said it had a somewhat elitist or cynical perspective about the general population. At times, however, the saying has proven itself to be true. That’s why sometimes it’s best to state the obvious, rather than... Read More