Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What I'm reading this week

Norm Augustine
"Augustine’s Laws"

I've liked Norm Augustine for years ever since I saw a quote from him that said (paraphrasing): "If you don't have a great boss, go get one." Brilliant.

He is a wrinkle in time, his wisdom go lost somewhere before the internet and social media exploded. But you can pick up his book, it's cheap.

Some choice examples.

Law Number XLVIII: The more time you spend talking about what you have been doing, the less time you have to spend doing what you have been talking about. Eventually, you spend more and more time talking about less and less until finally you spend all your time talking about nothing.

Law Number XXX: By the time the people asking the questions are ready for the answers, the people doing the work have lost track of the questions.

Law Number XXIV: The only thing more costly than stretching the schedule of an established project is accelerating it, which is itself the most costly action known to man.

Brad Horowitz on Andy Grove
Nice to see this come back around. Years ago Tom Siebel bought a copy of this for everyone at the company. Required reading then, required reading now.

Steve Harvey 
He makes me laugh what can I say.
It is a bucket list item to dance with him like this

A couple more
Best product manager Eh-VER. A spoof but funny.

And this. A funny take on a serious topic. Very British.