Clean Room, Clean Mind

Why do I avoid the backlog and overflowing todo list? Why do I shove one more tool into a drawer already full of bits and bobs? Why do I squeeze yet another outfit into an overflowing closet? Because confronting this mess is hard work. It means making tough choices. Most of the time, I’d rather … Continue reading Clean Room, Clean Mind

Review: Dawn of the New Everything

My book review of Dawn of the New Everything, Encounters With Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier (2017). The book is enjoyable and readable, though I did skip around over the more esoteric bits. Alternating between a deep autobiographical dive into Lanier's life and a straightforward account of the history of technology, with an emphasis on virtual (VR) … Continue reading Review: Dawn of the New Everything

2017 Daily Reads: Dalio and Drucker

Two books made a big impact on my year in 2017, transforming my thinking. One for a massive amount of new insights and the other for improving my thought patterns. Both books I'd buy again and give away—both are now open on my reading table each morning. The Daily Drucker by Peter Drucker (2004) (Edited by … Continue reading 2017 Daily Reads: Dalio and Drucker

A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope

A decision is only a hope until carrying it out has become somebody's work assignment and responsibility, with a deadline. Who has to know of the decision? What action has to be taken? Who has to take the action? Make sure the people who have to take the action are able to do so. Note—the … Continue reading A Decision Without Action Is Only a Hope

Smarter, Faster, Better

A few findings from reading Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Goodreads). On self-motivation: Ask yourself, why am I doing what I'm doing? If you are doing something you think is stupid and meaningless, you're not going to care. Envisioning the day: Make a habit of picturing how things will go, … Continue reading Smarter, Faster, Better

Review: The Way of the Web Tester

This is a book review of The Way of the Web Tester by Jonathan Rasmusson. Hat tip: Alister Scott. A beginner's guide to automated testing, though not specific to the web, despite the title. Covering the quintessential pyramid of UI, integration, and unit tests as well as basic building blocks of HTML, CSS, HTTP and REST … Continue reading Review: The Way of the Web Tester

Encourage Dissidence

From the "Kindred Spirits" pattern chapter in Apprenticeship Patterns: Your community's health can be measured in the way to reacts to new ideas. Does it embrace the idea after vigorous debate and experimentation? Or does it quickly reject the idea and the person who proposed it? Today's dissident is tomorrow's leader, and one of the … Continue reading Encourage Dissidence

The Power of Habit

My review of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. ... once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom—and the responsibility—to remake them. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, the power of habit becomes easier to grasp, and the only … Continue reading The Power of Habit