I enjoy reflecting on the movies, TV, books and other media that I consume. I’m notoriously sentimental. This series documents the books that I read. These aren’t reviews or recommendations. Just a list. For me. Mostly so that I can page through what I read, where I was, and when.
Years ago, I spent about five years working for various groups within Joe Liemandt’s ESW Capital and Trilogy Software organization - a kind of private equity firm obsessed with making software companies more efficient. We sought inspiration from manufacturing and assembly lines for managing traditionally “services” work - something Andy Grove at Intel thrived doing.
I first picked up Doerr’s book, Measure What Matters, back then. His treatise on “objectives and key results” captured a focus we had at the time around measuring ourselves. We adopted the principles - down to the SaaS applications we deployed that would manage OKRs (until we eventually built some of the functionality into our own productivity software).
I’m headed back to Austin this week for 2024 planning in my current role. An SVP suggested the crew read it prior to the meeting and I used it as a chance to revisit the book. What started as an 18 hour LIS->EWR->AUS agenda became a 24 hour nightmare of LIS->EWR->DEN->AUS, giving me a lot of time to somewhat leisurely reread the thing.
|Title||Measure What Matters|
|Date Started||September 10, 2023|
|Date Finished||September 11, 2023|
|Places Read||Lisbon, United 65|