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Why I Don’t Use Leanpub

15 hours 49 min ago
Leanpub 3

It seems not a week goes by without someone asking me, “Why don’t you publish on Leanpub?” or “Have you considered writing on Leanpub?” or some other variation of the same question.

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Categories: Project Management

The Plague of Methods and Frameworks

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:33
Methods and Frameworks

I know of no industry in the world that is as infested with methods and frameworks as the software business. Whether it’s RUP, XP, Scrum, AUP, DAD, or SAFe, it seems IT businesses are always looking for yet another method or framework that they can “implement” next month.

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Categories: Project Management

Three Types of Activities

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:47
Three Types of Activities

Three types of activities are keeping you busy:

Type 1: Bad

These are the things you should not be doing. They are wasting your time but still you do them. Stop it!

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Categories: Project Management

13 Business Models for Book Authors

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:03
Business Models for Book Authors

It’s such a great time to write books!

The publishing world is transforming rapidly and smart authors–with a sense of business–will thrive on opportunities that didn’t exist until a few years ago.

It appears that almost one-third of all e-books sold on Amazon are published by indie authors. This is great news for everyone who loves freedom and independence (including yours truly). On the other hand, income for book writers seems to be declining steadily. This will only get worse now that Amazon has started offering subscriptions to read unlimited numbers of e-books, thereby moving in the same direction as Netflix (for movies) and Spotify (for music), further reducing the income for authors along the way.

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Categories: Project Management

Publish Book. Done. Next.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:42
Publish Book

One of the best thing about finishing a book is finishing the research. No more skimming through dozens of books–and thousands of pages–to find two or three nuggets of wisdom. No more digging through web pages, dictionaries, and Wikipedia entries, to get the details right between this word and that word. No more flipping through magazines, blogs, and news sites, just to see if my writing is still up-to-date on this topic or that topic.

Sorry, that’s not entirely true

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Categories: Project Management

Certificates, Yes and No

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:30
certificate color

It seems that the debate around certificates will never end.

Some people and organizations ask me to provide official certificates for participants of Management 3.0 events. What we offer now is a simple “Certificate of Attendance”. It only says that we confirm that a person participated in the event, and that he or she was physically present in the room. That’s all. We cannot certify knowledge or understanding, because I don’t know of any “tests” to validate that a person understands and is able to apply Management 3.0 principles and practices.

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Categories: Project Management

Purpose, Not Discipline

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:06
Purpose, Not Discipline

I tried running a few years ago, but I stopped because of shin splints and impossible work schedules.

I tried a fitness school, for several months, but I hated all the machines and uninteresting equipment.

I tried Pilates exercises, for a few days, but I found the exercises on a mat mind-numbingly boring.

I tried swimming, for a week or two, but the pool was always crowded and it was far away from my home.

I tried body-weight exercises, for exactly two days, but I found them too hard, which didn’t really motivate me.

And I tried yoga, for less than a week, but it was as least as boring as the Pilates exercises.

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Categories: Project Management

Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:05
Business or Pleasure?

Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike.

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Categories: Project Management

My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:19
Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy

Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly.

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Categories: Project Management

What About Cleaning Toilets?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:00
Cleaning toilets

I often promote work-life fusion, quitting jobs that are not fulfilling, and seeking work that is a calling instead of just a career. But, I hear some people think, can this be true for everyone? Is there a great job, somewhere, for every person in the world?

What about cleaning toilets?

How can this work be fulfilling to anyone?

Well, that depends…

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Categories: Project Management

Work-Life Fusion, not Work-Life Balance

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 14:44
Work-Life Fusion

Sometimes people ask me, “What do you mean with work-life fusion? How is that different from work-life balance?”

Well…

Work-life balance means using Twitter for your work-life and Facebook for your private life. Instead, I have friends, family, and business contacts everywhere! My 13th happy anniverselfie on Facebook was liked by 86 people, half of them were friends and family, and the other half were business contacts. I call that work-life fusion.

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Categories: Project Management

Registration Opens for More Workshops

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:51
open-registration

I’m very happy to say that the Management 3.0 Workout sessions so far have been well received, and they’re getting better every time! I’m almost ready for the summer break, but registration has opened for the remaining workshops this year. Please remember, I will personally visit each city only once!
It was a very joyful and insightful workshop

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Categories: Project Management

A Typical Conversation on Twitter

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:58
mouths

writer: “I believe that A is true.”

reader: That’s stupid. Everyone knows that A’ is true.”
writer: “I wasn’t referring to A’. I was talking about A.”

reader: There’s nothing wrong with A’.”

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Categories: Project Management

Try to Be 50% Wrong from Both Sides

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:06
50% Wrong

When extremists on both sides claim that you’re 50% wrong, you can feel confident that you’re probably right where you should be.

Vegetables are healthy, but I’ve never heard someone suggest that eating only vegetables is a wise approach to long-term health

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Categories: Project Management

My Best Diagram Ever: the Celebration Grid

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:59
Celebration Grid

At the Spark the Change conference in London, someone tweeted, “This one slide was worth the ticket price!” which was then retweeted more than 30 times. I got similar great comments from people in my workshops. And yes, I agree. My celebration grid might be the best model I ever created. It is based on the work by Donald Reinertsen, but I tried to visualize what he said in many more words.

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Categories: Project Management

Three Ways to Run (Your Business)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:37
Three Ways to Run

I’ve learned that there are three approaches to running (your business).

The first is to create goals for yourself, maybe with a training (change) program. You start running and try to run 5 km. When the pain doesn’t kill you, you could set yourself a target for next time: 6 km. And if you survive that ordeal then maybe next time you can run 7 km. This goes on and on until either you run a marathon, or you never run again because of the shin splints, wrecked knees, and the terrible pain in your back.

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Categories: Project Management

Are You Going to ALE 2014?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 15:57
ALE 2014

Did you know ALE is the only event where I pay so that I can attend?
I hope to see you in August in Kraków.

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Categories: Project Management

Book Tour Schedule 2014

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:21
Book Tour 2014

Last week was Sweden-week in the Management 3.0 Book Tour, with workshops in Stockholm and Gothenburg. (Check out the videos!)

This week is Germany-Week, where I am visiting Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

We have a lot of other countries on the list as well. Check out the complete schedule until December. Registration will open soon! (Sorry, no other countries will be added at this time

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Categories: Project Management

Run! Jurgen, Run!

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 15:03

I tried running, and it didn’t work. I suffered from shin splints. No matter what kind of shoes I wore, what stretching exercises I did, or how far I ran, it usually ended up with a sharp stinging pain in my shins. Not good.

I tried Pilates and yoga exercises, and they also didn’t work. It wasn’t the pain this time that made me stop, but a severe lack of motivation to roll out the mat and thrust my skinny legs up in the air. It was so boring. Not good.

I tried swimming, and it didn’t work either. Driving up and down to the local swimming pool cost me far too much time, and I noticed that swimming pools are difficult to carry around when I’m traveling. Not good.

Still, I want to do something in order to improve my health.

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Categories: Project Management

Agile Is Not Dead (But Some Organizations Might Be Soon)

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:51
Agile Is Not Dead

The concept of agility is fine. Agile is not dead. But organizations misapplying good agile practices might be very soon.

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Categories: Project Management