It’s time for the next move…

My love story with my space on the internet lasts for a few years already. My first thoughts about this space are at least a few years old. I had those moments when I wanted to start. I have seen it then as something that will not perfect and I’m a perfectionist by curse & design. When I was young my father keeps telling me these words an as a mantra:

Either you do things perfectly, or you don’t do it at all!

The Father

Though it was so many years ago his words are still very deep-rooted in my brain, soul and personality. Maybe that was the reason why I pick to be a Quality Assurance expert?

Perfection is overrated

I have learned that already but it took me a lot of time, experience and readings to realize that simple true and impediment for many of our actions: perfection is overrated. Though my conscious mind is aware of that simple true my subconscious mind is still telling me too often: “you should not even start that thing because the path to the perfection is too long and bumpy, and we are not meant to be anything less than perfect”.

Recently I have met someone who actually convinced me to start creating content for this blog. His name is Jordan Peterson and among many inspiring videos on the internet I did stumble upon this masterpiece – Start By Doing It Badly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82Fm1ZJ1CGQ&list=PLzo1xiL9F6ydQNfDfzlTmsHp84nWJAB-Q&index=5&t=99s

This is the way to go! Why? With this mindset everything is possible. Every path we want to start in our life, every door that was not opened yet is now in your reach! Be brave and go for it 🙂

No more waiting for the perfect time, perfect content, perfect, design, perfect blog name, perfect anything. I will start here and improve incrementally and in iterations.

The content

What can one expect here in the future? I’m going to share things that I’m currently busy with. So what that might be?

Agile/Lean/Scrum

I’m passionate about Agile (it’s principles and Modern Agile movement) and ways how can we work better. I have worked as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach. I worked on process optimization. I’m a big fan of optimizing everything that can be optimized so people involved in the process have more fun by doing it and more time to do other creative parts of their work. As an example one of the things that almost every organization (at least the ones I’ve seen) can improve are meetings. That is pure waste. Waste of time, energy and effort. Do less of it and do it better. It’s not a rocket sience. One of the ways of improving it is to have better… I will write about my ways of improving it.

Facilitation

First of all, who the facilitator is:

facilitator often helps a group of people to understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the facilitator remains “neutral”, meaning he/she does not take a particular position in the discussion.

Wikipedia

Facilitation is part of Agile. You can find it very often in the job spec for the Scrum Master position. Many people think he/she can do it after one/two-day training or even without it! What can be hard there? I book the room to invite people and … Let’s go! I remember the other day talking with one of my colleagues about the meeting he was going to host about a very important initiative that I was so interested in. Knowing how very often our meetings look like I have volunteered for the practising purpose to facilitate it, he asked: “what does it mean to facilitate?”. I have explained to him and he said: “It’s easy. I can do it. I always do”. He was right. The meeting went as every single meeting with him as a host and we all left disappointed that the potential the of the subject we have discussed will be wasted and… it was.

I’m going to share here some of the techniques I have used in my life or I’m going to use in my next meeting so that the ROTI (return on the time invested) will be as high as it can be.

Sketchnoting

What is sketchnoting?

Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes, and lines.

Mike Rohde, The Sketchnote Handbook

One of the things I have rediscover for myself is the sketchnoting. Since I remember I was using some analogue shetchbooks for different purposes. I remember even in the elementary school I was using a notebook to track my time after school so I could prove to myself and my parents that I did all the work required for the school and now with the clear mind I can focus on the computer (Atari 1040 STE, o yeah!) games or programming – good old days.

Early this year doing some research I come across the book ” The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking” by Mike Rohde, and I rediscover my fascination for the hand made notes. I’m using it to capture the essence of inspirational talks, meetups, pieces of training, books. I’ll include some of my notes in future posts.

Inspiration

Inspiration on anything that moves me and my thoughts. Anything I will read (books, articles), watch (videos) or listen to (podcasts, audiobooks), that I find interesting or insightful in any area of my interest I will post here as well. I hope it will trigger some of the conversations about the ideas and concepts shared via that medium.

Read

So what kind of books read? I’ll mention here only a few that I have finished this year or reading right now. In future, I might writhe a few things about them.

Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

A Seat at the Table by Mark Schwartz,

Building Successful Communities of Practice by Emily Webber

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders (The Agile Software Development Series) by Jean Tabaka

Watch

BOOKSTORES: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content – watch it and you will love books again.

Verbal to Visual – content on the sketchnoting by Doug Neill

The Rules for Rulers – a little bot on politics both in almost any country, party or in the organization. Eye opener.

Listen

My love story with podcasts (I’m not going to mention here my love for the music and what moves me) is rather young (~3years). During that time I had a high-intensity-content-consumption when I was listening to a different type of podcasts a few hours a day. And that was well invested time in many cases. Below is a list of a few podcasts that gives me “A-ha” moment at some periode of time with some of the espisodes. If you want to hear details which episode I might recommend, just let me know 🙂 With this list, I want to reveal what kind of content was (and very often still is) relevant to me. Random order (edit: when I started to list all the podcasts I have enjoyed during the last couple of months ist got so long that I have realized that this subject might need additional post):

Scrum/Agile/Lean topics

With Great PeopleRichard Kasperowsky; high-performing team, interviews

Scrum Master Toolbox PodcastVasco Duarte; daily ScrumMasters inspirations

Agile Uprising Podcast

Agile Coaches Corner

Agile Amped Podcast

Menedżer Plus (PL)

Agile and Project Management – DrunkenPM Radio

No Bullsh!t Leadership

Productivity

The Tim Ferris Show

Z pasją o mocnych stronach (PL)

workshops work

Financial

WSJ Your Money Briefing; world economy and markets

Ruszamy Nieruchomości (PL); how to become rentier; practical tips and stories

Fun & Edu

Curiosity Daily; hey, did you know that? A great pill of knowledge and it’s fun! (>10 minutes)

Slow German

Mindfulness/ Coaching/ Parenting

Instrukcja obsługi człowieka (PL) mindfulness, small relaxing inspiring stories; here I heard for the first time about hara-ha-chibu!

The Life Coach School Podcast

Respectful Parenting: Janet Lansbury Unruffled

Well, the number of the podcasts I got inspired by this year and earlier is surprising even to myself 🙂

Closing thoughts

This is not all! I have also other passions like sailing, guitar playing, psychology, sociology, innovation, process improvement, football (especially English Premier League), board games, Lean Startup (I had so far 5 ideas that I was trying to implement but… this is for another story). I like the idea of building ideas on other ideas (does it make sense? 😉 ). Microsoft, Apple or even Albert Einstein didn’t invent the fundaments of their breakthrough technologies or concepts. They combine things that were known. What was unique that they find a new way to use them with combination with one or more concepts that were already there:

  • Apple – Mp3 player (hardware) + online shop (software) = apple store that changed everything,
  • Microsoft – desktop, mouse, trashbin; they took it from someone else (well mostly from Xerox),
  • Albert Einstein – the mass & the speed of light; both were already there but never seen like this before (easier said than done 😉
  • Homo Deus – there is no other well-known historian who is so much knowledgable about current technology (or they don’t write good books)

Don’t limit yourself to the core of your domain and expertise. Solutions, inspirations and great concepts you can build on you can find in many sources. And some of these sources I’m going to bring here while blogging. I hope to build a beautiful and inspirational spider web of thoughts to oil your creativity. Stay tuned.