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I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:17
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For book authors, Amazon reviews are very important. Reviews sell books. The difference between 10 and 100 book reviews can mean the difference between obscurity versus visibility. 250 reviews? That’s celebrity status!

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Categories: Project Management

The Results of My First OKRs (Running)

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:43
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A popular topic in the new one-day Management 3.0 workshop is the OKRs system for performance measurement. (See Google’s YouTube video here.) Instead of explaining what OKRs are, I will just share with you the result of my first iteration. If you read this, you will get the general idea of how the OKRs system works.

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Categories: Project Management

3 Questions for Peter Morville about Intertwingled

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:44
Intertwingled

Recently, I read the book Intertwingled, by Peter Morville. I liked it a lot! This was my tweet-size review:

Loved the stories and insights. It’s not only about information. It’s about life.

Peter’s book raised a few questions for me, and I decided to ask Peter for the answers.

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Categories: Project Management

Write a Tagline – Win a Book!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:11
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We recently improved the story that explains what Happy Melly is all about. We’re curious what you think! Read the story, and email your summary in 10 words or less to info@happymelly.com (deadline is Saturday, 20 September).

We’ll put the taglines to a vote! Two winners will be chosen: most popular and Happy Melly choice. Winners will receive a copy of the eBook “Introduction to Agile Methods” authored by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan – and donated generously by InformIT!

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Categories: Project Management

Why I Changed the Title of My New Book

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:40
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#WorkoutThe original title of my new book was Management 3.0 Workout. It was the result of a long and challenging process in which I learned that readers of my newsletter liked the Management 3.0 brand and also the workout metaphor that I used in many of my articles and chapters.

So, why did I change it to #Workout for the Amazon Kindle edition?

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Categories: Project Management

Define Your Target Audience

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:44
target audience

The big checklist that I used while writing my new book #Workout contained the following items:

Remove use of the words “agile” and “lean”
Remove use of the words “software” and “development”
Remove use of the words “Scrum” and “Kanban”

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Categories: Project Management

Hangout Interview

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:25
hangout-interview

Mads Troels Hansen had a some challenging questions for me in this hangout, such as…

“How do your introduce change in large organizations?”

Oh boy…

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Categories: Project Management

My New #Workout Book Is Best Selling on Amazon

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:04
#Workout

On Sunday, I uploaded the Kindle Edition of #Workout to Amazon.
On Monday, I notified all my friends on my exclusive mailing list.
On Tuesday, the book already had 26 great reviews and was listed as Best Selling in the Management category, which makes it one of the Hot New Releases.
I’m so happy! :-)

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Categories: Project Management

Why I Don’t Use Leanpub

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:21
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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
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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
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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