Friday, October 1, 2021

How I Spent My COVID Vacation

I haven’t blogged in, what, ...forever. A couple of years.

I have been writing, though. Just not here. A lot, actually. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve done during my lapse here:

But the biggest reason of all: I’ve spent every spare moment outside of my work obligations since March 2020…


The working title is How to Make Things Faster. It’s a book about making things (including software) go faster, for readers who aren’t necessarily technical. It will be about the size of a Dilbert book and contain pretty much everything I’ve ever learned in 30 years of work, both technical and political. The audience I’m aiming for is every IT professional, business leader, and consultant on Earth. I hope you’ll be able to find it airport book stores next to Liz Wiseman and Dr. Phil.

The book is story-driven. You’ll get a fun story or two and then half a dozen bite-sized (~2½-page) chapters teaching lessons inspired by the stories, then a new story and more bite-sized lessons. I think that people will be able to enjoy reading the book both serially from front to back, and randomly two or three short chapters at a time.  

To ensure that the material would be accessible to non-technical readers, I hired a very special first reviewer for this project: my mom. My instructions to her were to identify anything that was either unclear or boring. Thanks to her help, other reviewers so far have characterized the book as “fun,” “lively,” “quick,” and “important.”

It’s been a lot of work, and there’s still a lot to do. I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll be, too. I’ll get it to you as soon as I can.

If you want a peek, you should join me next Thursday, October 7 at the Dallas Oracle Users Group’s “DOUG Training Day 2021,” which will convene live (!) in Grapevine, Texas, not too far from where I’m sitting right now. This will be an important event for me: it’ll be the first time I’ll have presented face-to-face with a live audience in nearly two years, and it’ll be the first time I’ll have presented material from the book. Plus, it’s a keynote for the event, so …the pressure’s on. :-)

If you’re interested in the sound of the material, please consider booking me for a workshop.


2 comments:

Andy Klock said...

I thought there was something wrong with my RSS feed reader when I saw this pop up :) While taking a break from polishing up a Health Check report I read "Death to the Health Check...", so thanks for that.

Great to see the post and can't wait to read your new book. Good luck at DOAG!

Tony said...

This is most excellent news, cannot wait for the new book. Best of luck on your presentation engagements...and fielding your moms feedback.