Reading List: Agile (Kanban, Time mgmt., et al.), Product Mgmt.

Kanban / Scrum-ban
Estimating / Metrics / Decomposition
Product Mgmt.
Issue Triage
Jira-specific
Personal Time Management
Waterfall, Earned Value etc.
Lists

Kanban / Scrum-ban

Estimating / Metrics / Decomposition

Product Mgmt.

Issue Triage

Jira-specific

Personal Time Management

  • Laurie Vazquez: Why Monotasking Is the New Multitasking, According to Science – beware of the narcotic effects of multitasking; “paying attention to, and completing, one task at a time”
  • Nicole Lipkin: 7 Things Successful People Know About Decision Making – routinize; do quick things nite before; make most important decisions first thing am; set some boundaries; sleep off the emotion
  • Travis Bradberry: How Successful People Make Smart Decisions – routinize; make most important decisions first thing am; pay attention to emotion; evaluate objectively; sleep on it; avoid analysis paralysis; get exercise; moral compass; seek outside counsel; reflect on previous;
  • Ann Latham: 8 Secrets Smart People Know About Time Management – 1. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself.; 2. “Too much to do” and “Not enough time” are victim words; 3. Too many priorities means no priorities; 4. The more priorities you have, the less you will accomplish; 5. Your to-do lists are crazy; 6. Your to-do lists are incomplete; 7. It’s time to accept the fact that you won’t finish everything; 8. Of 6 ways to deal with work overload, most choose the only one that doesn’t work: Accomplish more; Postpone; Cut corners; Ignore; Delegate or outsource; Neglect to choose one of the above
  • Razor-Sharp Advice: How a startup CEO stays on task – “if you enjoy what you’re doing you’re going to be that much better at it”; “its when you really feel passionate about something organically”; “when you’re really excited, you can’t sleep at night”; “what is the one thing in the world you would do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? And then just go do that. Do what you want to do, do what you’re passionate about, don’t worry so much about the risk.”; “Every out-front maneuver that you make is going to be uncomfortable, and that feeling of discomfort is good. It means you’re pushing yourself”;  align your goals with the meetings you choose to attend; “for me work and life blend together a little bit, and that’s OK… flexibility has always been really important.. i want to go for a run a 4, i’m going to go for a run at 4”
  • Jeremiah Dillon: Read this Google Email about Time Mgmt Strategy – two paradigms to scheduling, manager and maker, as discussed in Maker’s schedule, Manager’s schedule from the article comments; interesting take in this article is that “we all need to be makers” – i.e., managers should budget more “make time”: Schedule blocks of “make time” on your calendar to avoid interruptions at those times; “Many of our meetings could be shorter or include fewer people, and some don’t need to happen at all”; Consider the “energy wave” model of the work week as a way of segmenting what work to do on what days (Tue/Wed – “Peak of energy?—tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm”) – i think this is a useful model also for team-wide work scheduling (e.g., minimize meetings on Tue/Wed); Bias “make time” toward morning, before pm decision fatigue (aka food coma) – use late afternoon for mechanical rote tasks; A quote from the “Maker’s schedule, Manager’s schedule” link above that is more specific to non-manager makers: “Those of us on the maker’s schedule are willing to compromise. We know we have to have some number of meetings. All we ask from those on the manager’s schedule is that they understand the cost”
  • Jim Benson: Personal Kanban
  • Keith Bryant: Pomodoro Productivity: A Simple Time-Management Technique to Eliminate Procrastination
  • Thanh Pham: Covey’s Time Management Quadrants – the classic Covey quadrants with not important->important, urgent -> not urgent axes, example scenarios
  • Rob Lambert: The Slight Edge at Work – be consistent every day with the “little things” – good habits and best practices – has a much bigger impact than a single large thing
  • Victor Savkin: Using Trello for your Personal Productivity System – compares to GTD, Kanban approaches
  • Matt Bilotti: This is your life on Trello – Personal working board; Our team Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) board; Design team board; Personal life board
  • Jeff Haden: Why the 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Work for You (and What to Do Instead) – similar in concept to pomodoro technique with longer spans; right focus is on your energy, not your hours; physical (healthy), emotional (happy), mental (focus), spiritual (purpose); ultradian rhythm 90-120min task then 20-30min break; eliminate distractors when focused on a task; self-imposed deadlines, split day into 90-min focus windows; plan your rest
  • Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, Engage

Waterfall, Earned Value etc.

Lists

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