This week is a doubleheader (baseball term for two games played by the same teams on the same day against each other). We begin our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg and we have my interview with Staffan. Several years ago I read Staffan’s book on Pomodoro which changed how I work.  Monotasking might be even more useful and impactful.  We discussed how to apply the ideas in the book to improve focus, productivity, and quality of life.

Staffan Nöteberg is an enterprise agility coach with years of experience in improving personal productivity. He is also the author of Pomodoro Technique Illustrated (2009) and teaches seminars on monotasking to companies in North America, Europe, and East Asia.



Re-Read Saturday News 

We start our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.   The book is 237 pages published by Racehorse Publishing (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and was released in English on June 1, 2021. For most of the readers of the blog and listeners to the podcast, this will be an initial read.  The book’s contents include a Preface, Introduction, 7 numbered chapters, an Afterword, and then other stuff like index and more (we will not cover the other stuff but I am glad for the index and endnotes).  

Now the fun part.  Instead of a straight re-read and discussion. I am going to read a chapter, highlight the parts I am going to implement in the next week, tell you what I am going to do, and then the following week admit how well I performed.

Week 1 – Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface 

As a reminder, all of the entries from Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller are available!

Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter 

Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad 

Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach 

Week 4: The Product Owner 

Week 5: The Product Backlog 

Week 6: The Development Team 

Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role – 

Week 8: Management 

Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints 

Week 10: Sprint Planning 

Week 11: Sprint Backlog 

Week 12 – Reclaiming The Daily Scrum 

Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment – 

Week 14: The Sprint Review 

Week 15: The Retrospective 

Week 16 – Final Thoughts 

Upcoming Events!

ISMA 18 Virtual Conference, June 24th, 2021 8 AM EDT to 11:15 EDT 

I will host the event.  The event will have a host of great speakers on great topics! 

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In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, we talk with Ajit Ghuman, Head of Product Marketing at Narvar.  Ajit and I talk pricing, marketing, product engagement/ownership, and development. Is there an ideal pattern for product and development to work together? If not, what are the consequences?