The Forest Through the Trees
I’m coming down to the wire on the first installment of my Zombie Project Management book. I look at my Kanban and all of the activities are one-by-one making it into the Done column. It’s actually quite exciting!
I think back to reading several of Seth Godin’s books and him writing “Pick a budget. Pick a ship date. Honor both. Don’t ignore either. No slippage, no overruns.”
I know that is easier said than done. But halfway through writing my book I saw the forest through the trees. This idiom personified what I’m trying to communicate. I became a “writing” zombie. I thought of those who came before me, puting pen to paper. They had ideas but how many were able to actually offer their works to the general public? What roadblocks stopped them from making their dream a reality? To just accept the status quo without question is your first step to becoming a zombie.
Something in the book publishing business didn’t seem right to me. I didn’t know what was bothering me until recently. See, I don’t like to ask permission and I don’t like inefficient processes. If a process doesn’t seem to make sense to me, I want to change it.
As the Product Owner, I take issue with that.
- Step one was to not ask for permission. I decided to use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
- Step two was to pick a ship date and ship whatever I thought would have the greatest value first.
- Step three is to ship more content, once a month, until I feel the body of work is comlete.
So, with that in mind, I will “ship” a series of sections or chapters each month for $2.99. I may even bundle a few chapters at a time and offer them as printed copies.
Yes, the link to the Scrum book by Ken Schwaber is an Amazon affiliate link.