May’s recommendations

May’s recommendations

The book recommendations from the last month.
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Last month I have been focused more on books about agile and software development but there was also a time to read something from the area of psychology and personal development. Let’s review what I to read in May.

Also, I have started using getAbstract which is the website where you can read summaries of the books – I’m totally a fan of this concept and I’d like to use this more in the upcoming weeks.

1. Feelings and Moods by Christophe Andre

Emotions are present always, they are impacting us in the majority of the situations. The skills like the ability to understand what we feel, why we feel, how to accept and modulate certain emotions are crucial and can change a lot in life. This book is to help to gain these skills.

Key takeaways:

  • We are not living in the present moment – too many times we are living in the future (or past) instead of the present. How often on Wednesday do you think about Monday? How much important events you missed because your attention was focused on things that were not important at that moment. The thing is that it can turn to the situation that entire life will be like that – like a missed moment. The author describes that the past moment “eats” the present one. We need to learn how to be mindful, how to enjoy what happens right now, not yesterday, not tomorrow.
  • Before we start changing the world, we must change our expectations – we must learn to accept the world as it is – we cannot change everything. Assumptions, that we are creating, about people and everything else around us, can cause many negative emotions.
  • Acceptance of suffering – grief, bad moments/events are the natural part of life. Understanding that principle is crucial to be more aware of emotions and how we react to those situations.
  • Kindness and tolerance – being kind to other people allows us to develop compassion. We need to understand someone before we make any judgment about that person. Tolerance is all about accepting that everyone is different and it’s totally fine!
  • The recipe for happiness – everyone has a different definition of what happiness means. The things are to regularly ask ourselves what makes us happy and drive our action to the point when we achieve that happiness.
  • Focusing on priorities – never, never forget about priorities. Yes, we have a lot of things to do, every day – but it has to be always a time for family, hobbies, meetings with friends and so on. Neglecting what is important will gradually make us frustrated. We don’t what this – so again – remember about your priorities and well-being.

2. Doing Agile Right by Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, Steve Berez

The Agile ways of working become more and more popular in companies. There are many ways how to make a successful agile transition and this book is one of my favourites so far on how to do this right.

Key takeaways:

  • Benefits of using Agile – there are many, documented, benefits of implementing agile in the organization. First of all, it increases team productivity and employee satisfaction. Secondly, which is very important in the current environment – it decreases the number of meetings, documentation, wasted time, and low-value outcomes. On the other hand, Agile improves customer engagement and satisfaction and allows people to deliver better products to markets faster with reduced risk.
  • Transition to agile might be not easy to do – to do this companies should use agile methods to manage that transitions. The part of the process should be identifying and quantifying the potential benefits and costs – it will be difficult to but it is worth doing. Patience is needed as well in that transition but companies should look for the long-term perspective.
  • Agile leadership – the role of the leaders is to change the organization’s culture – but it will possible only if they can change themselves. Those who would like to learn and practice agile methods shouldn’t take part in the agile transition.
  • Planning is an essential part of agile – however, it should be done in the frequent, adaptive cycles. Planning works together with budgeting and reviewing. The idea is to plan as much as soon as needed and be ready for changes that cause reprioritization and changes in initiative sequence.
  • Focus on people – while you or your company are transforming into agile be a people-oriented person. It means that the change process should make people happy. Unhappy employees are a sign that they are not doing rewarding things. This is the role of good agile leaders to help people achieve goals, overcome challenges, reinforce a sense of purpose and make people feel good.

3. Burnout to Breakthrough by Eileen McDargh

t’s remarkable that WHO placed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual. I would say that because of the pandemic time burnout becomes a bigger problem than ever. I picked up this book because it answers the many questions related to this disease and how to work with it.

Key takeaways

  • Burnout triggers – author listed five triggers that might cause burnout: personal history and “voices”, technology tyrants, disconnected connections, caretaker crisis, and lack of meaning and purpose. It’s crucial to understand if any of them is playing a key role in any part of our life because it might be helpful to work with crisis, it will happen, effective.
  • The author states that leaders drive people to burnout due to, for example, infrequent feedback, out-of-date technology, and equipment, unreasonable expectations, job insecurity, lack of support.
  • Breakout is an ” insight that gives you a moment of Aha!  Breakout stops you in your tracks and prods you forward. You think a little more carefully, studying something more deeply.” The author proposes to focus more deeply on the body, work, relationships, soul, and stuff. In my understanding is all about thinking more about these topics and focus what is the most important.
  • Positive feelings are a powerful tool in the breakthrough. We may think about replacing bad emotions, like anger or fear, with thoughts of love and appreciation
  • Seek for help – it is not a shame to look for advice. On the other hand, you can find a supportive group where you can join and talk about your problem – there are many people who probably have the same issues and they would like to talk with others. If you cannot find that group you can create your own and start inviting people.

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