German Flores

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Ranulph Fiennes

the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ― Peter Drucker

Snow Run ❄️🏃🏾

🔥Today + commute

Signed up and paid 🔛🚲

Apple fritter ride 🍎☕️🚲

Goodbye 2018 💥

No Ride, Yes Run 🙌

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Slow run is better than no run 🏃🏾

Brooks saddle (carbon rails) 🤫

Last Six Months Reflection Template

I try to reflect how I’m living my life every six months, here are some questions I use to help me. The questions I use come from Tim Elmore @TimElmore and Camille Fournier @skamille, thank you.

Questions

  • What are my fondest memories of the last six months?
  • What were the most fun times I had?
  • Who did I meet, who is now in my life?
  • What were the “big projects” I completed?
  • What am I most proud of?
  • In what area(s) of my life did I make some progress?
  • What did I do that completely surprised me and was unexpected to me?
  • Who did I help?
  • What did I experimented with?
  • What is the biggest lesson I faced and what did I get from it?
  • What were the defining moments during the last six months?
  • What emotion caused me to grow? (e.g., Courage? Faith?)
  • What emotion was I unafraid to feel? (e.g., Fear? Sadness?)
  • What did I procrastinate on and fail to get done?
  • What books and mentors had the most significant impact on me? Why?
  • Am I closer to my friends and family from my activities this year?
  • What will be my biggest goals as I move forward into YYYY?
  • Where did I neglect to live up to the standards I set for myself?
  • What am I committed to doing in the next six months? What would I
    do if I only had a short amount of time left to make an impact?
  • What goals do I have or know for the next six months?
  • Am I growing at work? Am I a linchpin at work? (The Linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create and make things happen.)
  • What have I said NO to? What have I said YES to?
  • What advice would I give myself for the coming six-months/year?

Action

After I answer the questions I start planning the next six months, turn every desire into an action that I can follow-up on or add to a calendar. I use Omnifocus, calendar, and a note pad to move things forward and keep myself focused.

Resources

Books I Read in 2018

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick, Philip K., ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I’ve been enjoying the Blade Runner universe, this year I saw Blade Runner 2049 and read the book the movies originate. Good writing in the book, strongly recommend if you enjoy science fiction.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups Coyle, Daniel, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An insightful read for anyone helping teams work better, full of information on how to create a team environment.

Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity Scott, Kim Malone, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read to level up in the manager role.

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders Marquet, David, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The favorite phrase “Leader-leader,” a recommendation from Steve Pasek that has provided value every day in how I support software development teams.

Free: The Future of a Radical Price Anderson, Chris, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nothing is free.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) Jemisin, N.K., ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Next fascinating world after the games of Thrones world.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters Meeker, Meg, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Solid guidance, disregard the religious content if that’s not your thing.

The Girl on the Train Hawkins, Paula, ⭐⭐⭐

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) Herbert, Frank, ⭐⭐⭐

Caliban’s War (The Expanse, #2) Corey, James S.A., ⭐⭐⭐

Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) Butcher, Jim, ⭐⭐⭐

Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude Kethledge, Raymond M., ⭐⭐⭐

Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) Morgan, Richard K., ⭐⭐⭐

Stay Hungry Maniscalco, Sebastian, ⭐⭐⭐

Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs, #3) Morgan, Richard K., ⭐⭐⭐

Legend:

  • 5 ⭐, it changed how I view the world or gave me immense pleasure, strongly recommend
  • 4 ⭐, good read, recommend
  • 3 ⭐, okay read
  • 2 ⭐, not such a great book
  • 1 ⭐, for some unknown reason I finished this book, and I feel like I wasted my time

Henrik Warne @henrikwarne writes about practices and mindsets for developers that are on call

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Weekday Rides, Best Rides

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Cold Roll 🚲

Last day at work for one of our software engineers, Slivovitz time

Today I updated my Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner® certifications from the Scrum Alliance

I run in the darkness 🏃🏾🔦

Angi English @Carolinagal14 explains the five principles of high reliability organizations, the principles can relate to software development teams.

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Get your spikes out, chilly 15F ⛄️

Roman Pichler writes about digital transformations in the context of having a useful Product role, great insight and topics for companies transforming

www.romanpichler.com/blog/digi…

Today I learned these acronyms FOLO: Fear of Living Off-line. FOMU: Fear of Messing Up. FOJO: Fear of Judgment On-line. FOMIRL: Fear of Meeting in Real Life. And to balance things JOMO: joy of missing out.

“I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.” ― Daniel Coyle, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Roberto Dip @roperzh writes about communication and tactics he has used to communicate while working remotely.

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