Today we being our journey through Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2018). The book is 325 pages and is comprised of author’s notes, a prologue, epilogue and 24 chapters.  The book is the story of Theranos, an infamous Silicon Valley start-up. I view this as a cautionary tale reflecting the excesses of a runaway startup culture.  Stephan Adam, one of the blog’s active participants, suggested this book. I anticipate that this re-read (a first read for me) will run 20 – 25 weeks. The book is a business novel that leverages real life, but fills some of the cracks.   (more…)

Slow Down!

I was asked to step in and help during a SAFe Program Increment Planning event this week, therefore this entry is short.   (more…)

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We have two-ish weeks left in this re-read, which means it is time for the poll. I have added the second and third place finishers from the last go around to sweeten the pot.  Please let me know what you’d like to see in the next Re-Read segment. 

This week we tackle Chapter 8, titled The Hero In The Age of Checklists.  Heroes are a big deal; pick up any newspaper and you will see how much the cult of hero is celebrated.  Checklists and methods are viewed by many as diminishing the role of the hero, which sows the seeds of resistance to change.  What role does the hero play in a disciplined process? If the hero is core to how we view ourselves and our society, do tools like checklists run the risk of being met with hostility?  Chapter 8 dives directly into the deep end to address these topics. (more…)

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In week 8 of re-read of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along) we read about building a usable checklist. In this chapter, Dr. Gawande puts all of the lessons learned in chapter 6 into action and tests the result. (more…)

It is week 2 of our re-read of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along). Chapter 1 builds the case that the world we live in and the work that we do is very complex.  Complexity creates the possibility for errors, and checklists are a tool to help avoid error in complicated and complex environments. (more…)

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Turn the Ship Around

Today we complete our re-read of Turn the Ship Around! with a few final thoughts.  Next week we will begin The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along).

As I have noted before, I was introduced originally to David Marquet’s remarkable book by Bill Fox (Bill’s website is Container 13) who suggested that I read the book and interview Captain Marquet for the Software Process and Measurement Cast. I did both.  If I remember correctly I read the book in over a weekend traveling between DC and Cleveland. The interview followed (SPaMCAST 202).  Over the years I have read the book’s workbook, a set of flashcards and generated numerous bookmarks for the Leadership Nudge (video).  This is the long around saying that I have been heavily influenced by Marquet’s work; an influence that is still growing.    (more…)

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The poll for the next book in the re-read series will run for one more weekend!  The Checklist Manifesto is in first place, but Marcus Hammarberg’s Salvation:The Bungu Story (agile in the real world) is a close second place!


This week we are all ahead full in our re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around!  We dive into chapters 24 and 25, which are titled: A Dangerous Passage and Looking Ahead.   (more…)