Book | Scarcity

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, by Shafir Sendhil Mu, 2013


I will add my own review and summary at a later point, but it is one of the books where you have a lot of AHA moments!

“In this provocative book based on cutting-edge research, Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before.

Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus, and Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.”


Book | Deep Work

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.


Useful Quotes:

  • “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.”

Book | The Digital Transformation Playbook

The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, by David Rogers, Columbia University Press, April 2016


Topics discussed include:

  1. The Five Domains of Digital Transformation – A Holistic Framework
  2. Customer Networks and the New Path to Purchase
  3. Understanding Digital Customer Behaviors
  4. Platform Business Models
  5. Coopetition, Dis/intermediation, and Asymmetric Competitors
  6. Building Data as a Strategic Asset for Your Business
  7. Big Data at Work: New Data, New Tools, and Templates of Value
  8. Innovation Through Experimentation: AB Test and Minimum Viable Products
  9. Translating the Lean Startup to Enterprise Scale Innovation
  10. Adapting Your Value Proposition
  11. Mastering Disruptive Business Models
  12. Surviving Disruption: Six Incumbent Responses to a Disruptive Challenger
  13. Leadership and the Customer Value Imperative

A valuable book with great references and practical examples.

TOGAF Version 9.1

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:

  1. The TOGAF® 9.1 Components
  2. The Enterprise Continuum
  3. The Architecture Repository
  4. The Architecture Content Framework
  5. The Architecture Content Metamodeling
  6. Architecture Governance
  7. Business Scenarios
  8. Stakeholder Management
  9. Architecture Views and Viewpoints
  10. Building Blocks and the ADM
  11. Architecture Partitioning
  12. Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: Iteration and Levels
  13. Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: Security
  14. Guidelines for Adapting the ADM: SOA
  15. Architecture Maturity Models
  16. Architecture Skills Framework
  17. 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

Badge: Watson Conversation Service – Methodology

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:


Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies (Princeton University)

This course is offered by coursera (Link to course:

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


Data-driven Decision Making (PWC)

This course is offered by coursera (Link to course:

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