Monday Musings

By September 30, 2018 Mondays No Comments

Your weekly dose of musings!

  • I have my direct reports use the OKR format in their weekly updates, but we’re not really doing it right. Reading this experience report from Atlasssian makes me feel better about that; particularly since the writer is also senior and remote. Something to work on for the future also.
  • The Context Leadership Model seems like a useful tool. Working through it in the manner described led me to the conclusion that I have a couple of highly complex projects on my hands (mainly due to the distributed nature of our teams), one of which contains a considerable degree of uncertainty. As you might imagine, this wasn’t news to me. But the model gives me some further tools with which to address the risks going through the process highlights, and a framework for discussing them.
  • We had a strong focus on emotional intelligence during some PM community discussions this week. These articles from HBR discuss some of the lesser known EI competencies and help rate oneself on a self awareness model.
  • I’m reading The Most Important Thing, from Howard Marks. It’s primarily a guide to successful investing, but I’m appreciating the treatment of subjects that are equally applicable in testing, project and product management: biases, risk and risk mitigation.
  • Also on the stack is Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. I’m kinda putting it off though, because it just doesn’t seem quite as interesting to me as his other works. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong once I actually get stuck in!
Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out via a comment or on the socials if anything resonates.

Cheers,
Simon

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