Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 42, 2021

Weekly Pulse is a content curation and highlights from readings, books, videos, podcasts, insights, ramblings and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the last week.

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So, let's go with some discoveries from last week!

#1 - The Frustration with Productivity Culture 
#2 - Moving beyond agile to become a software innovator
#3 - How to Raise an Independent Thinker 
#4 - Using agile to accelerate your data transformation 
#5 - The Basic Education in Sweden and Brazil [Portuguese] 

The Frustration with Productivity Culture 

Source: The New Yorker
Author:Cal Newport
Year: 2021

Summary: The Mythical Man-Month, a book by Fred Brooks, gave rise to the revolution of agile methodologies, which helped overcome many inefficiencies. The software industry didn’t increase productivity by demanding more from its engineers, instead, it developed a more productive system to organize their efforts. Simple? I'm not sure.

Moving Beyond Agile to Become a Software Innovator 

Source: McKinsey
Author: Santiago Comella-Dorda, Martin Harrysson, and Shivam Srivastava
Year: 2021

Summary: I am always asking myself: how to help teams to go through the agile plateau!? So, here is another interesting reading this week to share with you, while I am still trying to organize my thoughts with these unanswered questions. Until companies address these issues, they are likely to languish on an “agile plateau,” improving their methodology but not their business outcomes.

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How to Raise an Independent Thinker 

Source: Shelby Smith Blog
Author: Shelby Smith
Year: 2020

Summary: Just like in mentorship, parenting is about teaching kids how to think rather than what to think. And it’s probably the hardest thing a parent will ever do. As adults, we reflect and see there are aspects of the way we were raised that we are incredibly thankful for, and there are aspects which we recognize our parents could’ve done better. 

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Using Agile to Accelerate Your Data Transformation  

Source: McKinsey
Author: Chiara Brocchi, Brad Brown, Jorge Machado, and Mariano Neiman
Year: 2016

Summary: With better access to better pools of data, companies can deploy better segmentation strategies. They can learn more from transactional data. They can automate processes, leading to greater operational efficiencies. Furthermore, they can compete more effectively against rivals, and they can find new sources of growth.

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The Basic Education in Sweden and Brazil [Portuguese] 

Source: Scielo
Author: Carlos da Fonseca Brandão
Year: 2019

Summary: This article proposes to analyze the basic education system of Sweden and to compare it with the basic education system of Brazil, despite the significant differences between the two countries. The methodology on this article was qualitative exploratory research, with a review of the literature of authors who work with comparative studies in the educational area.


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