Deep Work – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport, Grand Central © 2016
- “Deep work” is professional work that requires intense focus and concentration.
- Deep work is essential for and central to knowledge work.
- It is necessary for mastering complex topics more quickly.
- How much elite work you produce equals the time you spend on your task multiplied by how intensely you focus.
- Obstacles and conflicting demands are increasing every day and they hinder deep work.
- Deep work promotes a sense of flow, meaning and sacredness.
- Evaluate your habits and actions with the goal of structuring your time to protect the attention you need for deep work.
- Some people integrate deep work into their lives in daily units.
- Others, like Bill Gates, withdraw from the world periodically for periods of complete focus.
- To promote deep work, “embrace boredom,” “quit social media” and “drain the shallows” of your life.
- “Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capacities to their limit.”
“Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity.”
“Shallow Work: Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted.”
“To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli.”
“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy.”
The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, by David Rogers, Columbia University Press, April 2016
Topics discussed include:
- The Five Domains of Digital Transformation – A Holistic Framework
- Customer Networks and the New Path to Purchase
- Understanding Digital Customer Behaviors
- Platform Business Models
- Coopetition, Dis/intermediation, and Asymmetric Competitors
- Building Data as a Strategic Asset for Your Business
- Big Data at Work: New Data, New Tools, and Templates of Value
- Innovation Through Experimentation: AB Test and Minimum Viable Products
- Translating the Lean Startup to Enterprise Scale Innovation
- Adapting Your Value Proposition
- Mastering Disruptive Business Models
- Surviving Disruption: Six Incumbent Responses to a Disruptive Challenger
- Leadership and the Customer Value Imperative
A valuable book with great references and practical examples.
This is part of the preparation for the TOGAF certification exam. It is very important to cover this aspect as part of my objective to cover the governance layer of enterprises. I have already achieved ITIL Expert (Service Management) and obtained PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certifications. I also have extensive knowledge about ISO20000 and COBIT 4 (will need to update my knowledge to version 5 at one point). I will write another post regarding the details of my plan to cover this aspect. Will keep you updated on my progress!
Open Group Standard TOGAF® Version 9.1 – ISBN: 978-90-8753-679-4, Document Number: G116 – Copyright 2011, The Open Group, All rights reserved.
Course Details: (December 17-20, 2017)
High-level Topics included:
- The TOGAF® 9.1 Components
- The Enterprise Continuum
- The Architecture Repository
- The Architecture Content Framework
- The Architecture Content Metamodeling
- Architecture Governance
- Business Scenarios
- Stakeholder Management
- Architecture Views and Viewpoints
- Building Blocks and the ADM
- Architecture Partitioning
- Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: Iteration and Levels
- Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: Security
- Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: SOA
- Architecture Maturity Models
- Architecture Skills Framework
- The Architecture Development Method:
- The Preliminary Phase
- Phase A: Architecture Vision
- Phase B: Business Architecture
- Phase B: Business Architecture – Catalogs, Diagrams, and Matrices
- Phase C: Information Systems Architecture
- Phase C: Data Architecture
- Phase C: Data Architecture – Catalogs, Matrices and Diagrams
- The Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model
- Phase C: Applications Architecture
- Phase C: Applications Architecture – Catalogs, Matrices, and Diagrams
- Foundation Architecture
- Phase D: Technology Architecture
- Phase D: Technology Architecture – Catalogs, Matrices, and Diagrams
- Migration Planning Techniques
- Phase E: Opportunities and Solutions
- Phase F: Migration Planning
- Phase G: Implementation Governance
- Phase H: Architecture Change Management
- ADM Requirements Management
This is a badge by IBM that is linked to internal courses that convey the methodology behind offering the services related to Watson Conversation (Chatbots). The public link is below if you’d like to learn more about the service:
The link to the certification:
This course is offered by coursera (Link to course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/cryptocurrency/home/welcome)
December 16, 2017 – Completed Topics:
- Introduction to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies – Cryptographic Hash Functions and their properties, Hash Pointers and Data Structures, Digital Signatures, Public Keys as Identities
- Programming Assignment: A simple cryptocurrency – Scrooge Coin
- How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization – Centralization vs. Decentralization, Distributed Consensus, Consensus without Identity: the Block Chain, Incentives and Proof of Work
This course is offered by coursera (Link to course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/decision-making/home/welcome).
It is part of a 5-course specialization in: Data Analysis and Presentation Skills: the PwC Approach.
December 7, 2017 – Completed Topics:
- An Introduction to Data Analytics – What is Data Analytics? Solving business Problems using data analytics, The value delivered by analytics, Making business-defining decisions using data analytics, PwC’s Global Data and Analytics Survey 2016
- The Data and Analytics Framework – Why do you need a data and analytics framework? The 4 aspects of the data and analytics framework, The data and analytics framework, Data and analytics framework: tools and techniques, Types of analytics
- Using Data to Make Decisions
- Careers and roles in a professional services firm
I haven’t been posting for a while – but it’s not because I haven’t been learning… It is because I have been overwhelmed with the influx of information, that I didn’t even have time to blog about it :).
I’ll keep this post updated with some of the information that I can share with everyone, since most of the learning under this topic is done through IBM’s internal learning portals. I still go outside my bubble and look from a broader perspective at any topic that I am handling, especially in IBM. It’s amazing how open and blurred its boundaries are; this gives us the chance to be unbiased and to really go back to our clients with top notch solutions to their problems… we also cook awesome and super cool futuristic dishes to satisfy their innovation appetite!
I think I chose the coolest profession in the history of the world…
… To be continued…