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"This book is useful, actionable, and actually fun to read! If you want to get your team aligned around real, measurable goals, Radical Focus will teach you how to do it quickly and clearly." - Laura Klein, Principal, Users Know
A actionable business book in the form of a fable.
Radical Focus tackles the OKR movement and better goal setting through the powerful story of Hanna and Jack’s struggling tea startup. When the two receive an ultimatum from their only investor, they must learn how to employ Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with radical focus to get the right things done. Will they be able to accomplish the few critical actions that will save their startup? Or will they end up mired in distractions and choices as their time runs out?
The author pulls from her experience with Silicon Valley’s hottest companies to teach practical insights on goal setting in fable form. How do you inspire a diverse team to work together, going all out in pursuit of a single, challenging goal? How do you stay motivated despite setbacks and failures? As you see through Hanna and Jack’s story, it’s about creating a framework for regular check-ins, key results, and most of all, the beauty of a good fail. Wodtke adds a bonus section in the second half of the book to lay out her most practical insights into applying Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to your specific workplace and challenges.
Ready to move your team in the right direction? Read this book together, and learn Wodtke’s powerful system of decision making to create your focus and find success.
There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work.
Think you can’t draw? Don’t worry! The simplest sketches are the most effective at communication and problem solving, so you can begin drawing in less time than your average coffee break. Pictures and visual communication harken back to the stone age for good reason--they’re natural, they’re quick, and they work. And they’ll work for you.
If you’re looking for the next tool to help you solve your hardest (and most interesting) challenges at work, try a paper and pencil. This book teaches you how to use them well--and have a bit of fun along the way.
With contributions from Amelie Sarrazin, Aleksandra Micek, Taylor Reese, Dan Brown, Daniel Cook, Kate Rutter, Eva-Lotta Lamm, Matthew Magain, Sunni Brown, Cristina Negrut, Daryl Meier Fahrni, Marc Bourguignon, Laura Klein, David Gray, Melissa Kim, Mike Rohde, Brian Gulassa, Andrew Reid, Rolf Faste, Raph Koster, Stone Librande, Robin Hunicke, Alicia Loring, Erin Malone, Stephen P. Anderson, Giorgia Lupi, Alex Osterwalder, Noelle Stransky, James Young, and Dan Roam.
"In this new book, Christina has tackled what I consider the most important problem in the tech industry. Only a small fraction of product teams are working at their potential, and while there are many reasons, this is the responsibility of management, or the lack thereof. People that care enough to provide the level of coaching to help their people become first competent, and then exceptional at their craft." Marty Cagan, Author of Inspired and Founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group
"What if you could learn the secrets of self-managing teams like the best ones you hear about in tech startups? And what if you could learn them through a simple and compelling story about someone like you who is dealing with familiar challenges every day? And what if you could learn them from someone who has spent decades practicing, learning, and teaching these principles to those great teams? That’s exactly what you’ll get in Christina Wodtke’s tour de force, The Team that Managed Itself."Bruce McCarty, Internationally renowned Speaker and Author on Product Management and Founder of Product Culture
An Actionable Leadership Book in the Form of a Fable
In The Team That Managed Itself, Christina Wodtke teaches leaders how to build and lead high performing teams based on her long career in the trenches in Silicon Valley. Her book is engaging, actionable--and built around a story you’ll want to read.After her boss leaves suddenly, Allie finds herself responsible for the casual gaming titan Quiltworld and the dozens of people working on the highly dysfunctional team. Can Allie learn to competently hire, fire, and give feedback in time to make the product’s big sales goals? Or will the team, the buggy code, and the beloved game fall apart while Allie’s job goes up in smoke?
Learn to lead a team along with Allie as she tackles one challenge after another while the clock ticks down.
How do you build the right team and choose the goals to pull them to greatness, even if you’re dealing with a toxic environment? How do you keep your people moving in the right direction without burning out or burning it all down? As Allie finds out, even in the face of overwhelming pressure it’s about setting expectations, giving good feedback, checking in against goals, and learning as a team.. Leading so well that your team learns to manage itself? That’s no fable. Learn how from Christina Wodtke.
2. The designer’s materials are information and interaction. Her tools are critical thinking and clear communication.
3. The digital product is co-created by the designer with her users, to a lesser or greater degree.
4. The designer’s medium contains growing amounts of data made by growing numbers of humans. [The data? The medium?] is always changing and unknowable. Design does not end at launch."
This special Kindle edition is a vital sampler of new thinking on how to design for, and see, the digital age. Wodtke’s essays range from career advice to insights on the future of the internet.
Why is homogenization of the internet a bad thing?
What are practices you can put if place to help you to design better digital "things"?
How and where to find a job?
Why are compassion and pragmatism important, and how can you get yourself some?
Wodtke offers didacticism, irreverence, humor, and humanity in this collection of essays on how to make the online world a better place.
(Essays previously published on Wodtke’s eleganthack.com and other online sites, as well as the eponomous 101 Essays on Design)
From the forward: "So why buy this book? Maybe you’d like all the essays in one place, preferably on your Kindle. Or maybe you’d like to buy it in order to say thanks for all my writing. I’d be good with that." — Christina Wodtke"