Showing posts from March, 2015

Book Review: 48 Laws of Power

This book was recommended to me but after reading the table of contents I was convinced it was useless as it was contradicting itself even in the names of the chapters.

Unfortunately from time to time my way of thinking and interacting with people gets me into trouble. I am not alone it this, read: Well, Actually. Of course review of "How to Win Friends and Influence People" helped but I wanted to read more about the interactions with people around me to keep thinking about it. I got back to The 48 Laws of Power not to learn those laws - I don't really believe in them but to gain more knowledge about people.

What I appreciate about the book are the stories that the author uses to convince you of his ideas. They are picked and sorted to match the laws so something that worked for one person dooms someone else later, but they are really good stories nonetheless. Unfortunately, I am not sure if there is anything I can use in real life. The advices and laws are really abstr…

Book Review: The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

This is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is stuffed with business, psychology and advices how to deal with people. Short and easy to comprehend chapters help with reading it when you only have a couple of minutes.

I certainly want to read it agin at some time in the future.

Of course, it is not perfect - some chapters are a little too shallow and sometimes it was hard for me to get the bigger idea from those short chapters, but in my opinion those are minor concerns that may just be the result of my reading schedule more than the book.

I don't like the 'must read' term, but the book is really close to it. Certainly I have learned a lot.

Rating: 10/10

Product Vision Statement

Sometimes what your team need is the clear vision of the project that is the same for everyone in the team.
One of the best examples of using vision to drive the time was by Mateusz Kwaśniewski. He used the template from Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore:
For [target customer] Who [statement of the need]
The [product name] is a [product category] that [key benefit, compelling reason to buy].
Unlike [primary competitive alternative], our product [statement of primary differentiation]
If is fairly simple and restrictive at the same time. The template forces you to think about users and project in different way, and in many situations it proved useful when talking about features, UI and even technology.

You can read more about vision statements at the blog of Cory Foy

The Psychology of Doing Nothing

Great video about procrastination, decision avoidance and how to deal with them yourself.