It’s true that what gets measured gets done. If I hadn’t confessed over the last two months that Susan Greenfield’s Mind Change had sat unread on the shelf then I would never have opened it. Writing about it here kept me accountable – eventually. I’m about halfway through and it was worth waiting for. It’s scary how malleable young minds are and now I have two of my own to shape I’m thinking twice about a lot of things, especially screen time.
I’ve also read Project Branding by Peter Taylor, which I had to get shipped from the US as it’s not available over here at the moment. It’s now decorated with sticky notes. I’m sure you have books like that too – full of comments and great ideas that you want to implement all marked up to put into practice…some day.
Fortunately, my boys are too young to get involved with the World Book Day dressing up, although a friend’s son went to school dressed as Supertato (as in superhero potato). As costumes go, I think she got lucky. Jack’s favourite Thomas character this month is Bertie and I’m not sure my sewing skills are up to sending him anywhere dressed as a bus.
Jeff Furman kindly sent me a copy of The Project Management Answer Book, now in its second edition with a flash red cover. Strictly speaking I haven’t actually read it yet but I feel like I have read parts of it already as I interviewed Jeff about it at the end of last year. The first edition was easy to read and very informative (and detailed) so this edition can only be better.
I’ve also read the Arras People Benchmark Report which is a very interesting take on the state of project management, mainly in the UK. It’s their 10th anniversary edition of the report, and the balance of male to female project managers hasn’t changed much since they started the survey.
There’s already a list of things waiting to be read next month including the proofs of a new book by Dave Shirley and Rich Maltzman, the authors behind Green Project Management. It’s about sustainability and project management – a cutting edge topic so I’m looking forward to that. You never know, I might actually get round to reading a novel as well.
What about you? Read anything good recently?