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 - Nós na História Podcast number 04 [Portuguese] 
#3 - Moving beyond agile to become a software innovator
#4 - How to Raise an Independent Thinker 
#5 - Using agile to accelerate your data transformation 
#6 - The Basic Education in Sweden and Brazil [Portuguese] 
#7 - Caito Maia at Mais que 8 Minutos Podcast [Portuguese] 

The Frustration with Productivity Culture 

Source: Cal Newport at The New Yorker

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.

Leaving individuals to focus on executing their work well, while letting the systems tackle the allocation and organization of this work, might just be exactly the balance needed to allow growth without dehumanization. To effectively discuss these workplace issues, we must be careful to collapse the definition of “productivity” to its precise meaning of maximizing output.

Nós na História Podcast number 04 [Portuguese] 

Source: Nós na História Podcast

It all starts because Germany took a Brazilian dinosaur from Brazil. The Ubirajara, better known as Bira. The Brazilians asked the Germans to return the dinosaur to Brazil. They said NO, because we don't take very good care of our art, museums, libraries or our scientific discoveries (it's not the fault of the institutes or the researchers, we all know that).

And, starting from that point, they discussed Richard Owen, Charles Darwin, Mary Anning, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Monte Roraima, King Kong, Vargas Llosa, Macunaíma and really much more.

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Moving beyond agile to become a software innovator 

Source: McKinsey

I am always asking myself: how to help teams to go through the agile plateau!?

I mean, implement agile after these years of success cases and tested frameworks seems easy for some companies. But after the basic is complete, how companies and leaders can really succeed using agile to create a real mature team?

One of my current beliefs is the "back to basics" approach so that people can be reinforced in the values and stop to spend their attention on small things that have gained too much notoriety and concern (maybe not relevant topics that have too many sessions during too many conferences, we don't know the root cause).

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

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. I respect and admire parents of all kinds.

As adults, we reflect on our upbringings. 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. We’ve all thought, “If I’m ever a parent, I would… and I wouldn’t…”

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Using agile to accelerate your data transformation  

Source: McKinsey

Using agile to accelerate your data transformation: data-management issues can undermine companies’ ability to create value from analytics. Some businesses are using agile principles to make sure data are available when and where they are needed.

The benefits of agile data are clear. But persuading business and IT leaders to shift to an agile mind-set can be challenging, in the way that any form of organizational change can be. IT employees will likely be unfamiliar with the use of agile principles in the management of data. They may push back against the idea of breaking from the status quo—that is, no longer using waterfall methodologies to build traditional data warehouses, which often require years to develop before companies can reap value from them.

For their part, the business units may be leery of taking ownership of technically complex assets like data, which have long been the domain of IT. To change these dynamics, companies should consider doing the following:

1. Use pilot projects to build acceptance
2. Empower agile data teams
3. Update the technology infrastructure
4. Emphasize new forms of communication
5. Develop and introduce key performance indicators

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

This article proposes to analyze the basic education system of Sweden and to compare it with the basic education system of Brazil, considering it relevant to compare the two systems of Basic Education, 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.

I recommend you go straight to conclusions!

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Caito Maia at Mais que 8 Minutos Podcast [Portuguese] 

Source: Mais que 8 Minutos Podcast, by Rafinha Bastos

Caito Maia is the founder and owner of Chilli Beans and one of the "sharks" of the Shark Tank Brasil TV Show. 

A very nice conversation that goes far beyond money.

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