Make Time

Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day

Although I now subscribe to the 12 Week Year approach to planning , one of my overall goals for 2020 is to read more.

I’ve got the year off to a good start reading Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, the team behind the popular Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.

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What is a Definition of Ready?

Runner in the blocks, ready to race.
Photo by Braden Collum on Unsplash

While the Scrum Guide encourages teams to create a Definition of Done so that everyone understands what ‘done’ means, it says nothing about creating a Definition of Ready so that everyone understands what pre-conditions must be met before a user story may be allowed onto a sprint.

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The Happiness Lab podcast

One of the benefits of having a 50-minute commute to work each morning is that I get to listen to great podcasts while driving through Fife, across the silvery Tay and into Dundee.

The latest series I’ve completed is the first season of The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos.

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My albums of 2019

All the albums I bought or acquired in 2019

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year. Finally published the wrong end of January, but better late than never.

  1. Krysthla—Worldwide Negative
  2. Opeth — In Cauda Venenum (Swedish and English versions)
  3. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  4. Latitudes — Part Island
  5. Tool — Fear Inoculum
  6. Damn Teeth — Real Men
  7. Megadeth — Warheads on Foreheads
  8. Flotsam and Jetsam — The End of Chaos
  9. Outright Resistance — Cargo Cult
  10. Cybernetic Witch Cult — Absurdum ad Nauseam
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