Category: Productivity

Productivity content from Leo Nelson

Books I Want to Read

Below is the list of books that I’d like to read or revisit again: 

  • The Big Moo : Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by The Group of 33
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper
  • The Art of Innovation : Lessons in Creativity from IDEO by Tom Kelley
  • Bringing Design to Software by Terry Winograd
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  • The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How To Restore The Sanity by Alan Cooper
  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Jennifer Preece et al
  • Microsoft Windows User Experience by The Windows User Experience Team
  • The Psychology of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  • Usability Engineering by Jakob Neilsen
  • Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents by Lynne C. Levesque
  • Constantine on Peopleware by Larry Constantine
  • Dynamics of Software Development by McCarthy
  • Getting Ready to Negotiate by Roger Fisher & Danny Ertel
  • Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers Who Lead Programmers by J. Hank Rainwater
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Mythical Man Month by Fred Brooks
  • Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams by Tom Demarco
  • Type Talk at Work : How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job by Janet M. Thuesen
  • Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Margolis & Fisher
  • Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development by Sharp
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
  • Execution by Larry Bossidy
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters
  • The Seasons of a Man’s Life by Daniel J. Levinson
  • How to Be a Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy by John Bridges
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

The Project Triangle

During my Information Systems classes at Messiah and Temple the Project Triangle was always brought up as the element that would determine the scope in the various projects that we ended up working on.

In my most recent development project, I was hit with the triangle. The project triangle represents the three controlling factors of every project, out of which you can only choose two as being the necessary and most critical elements in order for the project to succeed.

The vertexes of the triangle represent the constraints of Cost, Features and Time. As an example, if you want a top-notch web site with all the bells and whistles and you’re also limited to a specific budget then time will be the factor that will change in order to still have the bells and whistles and stay on cost.