Reading the book ‘Getting things done’ by David Allen, I found that what’s described as the Natural Planning Tecniques is great!
It’s easy and it’s a good base to help especially young people thinking in term of planning.
Planning moves from a super-guru, tricky software based activity, to a day by day easy and natural tecnique.
We plan ANYTIME we want to do something. We often don’t do it in a conscious way: it’s something fast that our brain does for us in some way.
1. WHY are we going out for dinner tonight? Which is the purpose?: Have fun? Stay alone with my wife??
2. Feel the sensation to be in that beautifull restaurant with the sea in front of us … that is feeling the success and define the outcomes
3. HOW are we going to do that? WHERE are we going?? Brainstoming!!!
4. Let’s organize the evening: I first call for the reservation, I check to see if there is gas in my car, then I go home to change my dresses …. That is finding activities, priorities, …
5. Next action: what do I have to do next?

I've just read this book ( ) from Keith Ferrazzi: I've found it VERY interesting.

From the jacket: The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him.

I've got MANY good tips and tricks AND reinforced a mind set toward building a decent network.

Living in Italy I see that NOT everything is ok for our life style AND some parts are a bit too 'high level'.

To tell the truth I must say that I have to oblidge myself to 'use' to this network idea: I see the value, I'm usually fine in linking with people BUT I fee like 'using' people for my pourpose.



Let me another great link:

From the abstract:


Heuristics used by engineers and scientists in solving design-type problems are the non-algorithmic, empirical tricks, tools, and techniques learned academically and from experience. They do not solve problems. Instead they give pause to look at problems in different ways for new insights.


These derived heuristics and their underlying strategies constitute a new problem-solving methodology. The resulting methodology presents problem solvers an attribute-centered methodology in contrast to conventional object-centered methodologies.


A bit ‘hard’ AND a great document!!!

Great link on effective listening: .

Michael Webb writes about communication barriers AND the way to remove these obstacles.

Basically 8 barriers:

  • knowing the answer
  • trying to be helpfull
  • treating discussion as competition
  • trying to influence or impress
  • reacting to red flag words
  • believing in language
  • mixing up the forest and the trees
  • over-splitting or over-lumping


It has been a long time since I saw the yellow flag over the building.

That flag means that we won the last race.

Too long since the last victory but …. we did it again!!!!



A new beautiful post in the Agile Advice blog ( named: Follow the Principles and Adjust the Practices.
Talking about agility, here is an interesting interpretation of 'events are neutral' :
Reality is perceived… therefore we need to work hard to build a common perception of reality if we are to work together effectively. We need to amplify our learning. We can't assume that our own understanding of a situation is going to be shared by others. At the very least we need to check: "do you see this?"

Let's recognize that in some way or another we are all blind



“We need to do an assesment” it’s the most used sentence in IT. 

Well, I can see what’s behind this intent: we care about you, we want to tailor a solution for your specific needs …. AND I appreciate that. 

My point is that if YOU are the professional and expert in this field, its better that YOU tell me a set of standard solutions I need to follow: best processes, best practices, best tools …. 

If the future of information technology is becoming a utility, it’s better that we start thinking that in the world there are people having the same problems that we have and that having standard solutions (with a certain degree of customization) it’s GOOD. 

I could tell you many stories where wild customization to systems led companies to a real hell!


Communication is a matter of: sender, content, media, receiver and frequency. Listen to this wonderful podcast to go in details.  

What I’d like to talk about is something about the media. Yes, you have to convince yourself that communication is NOT a synonym of email!If you are in doubt which is the best media to use in a given situation, use FACE-TO-FACE communication. If you have a doubt that this is the case in which face-to-face communication maybe is not the best thing to do: USE face-to-face communication.

People love to stay with people they know and like. And the people we like is people that communicate to us about things WE care.

Have you ever had the impression, reading an email, that the sender seems not to be the same person you have talked to the day before?

That’s the key: when you talk to someone you are using your voice (worlds, tone, accents, pauses …), your mimic, your body. And the listener is giving feedback even without speaking in the same way. This gives you the opportunity to adjust the ‘media’ to be sure the listener gets the message.
Remember that communication is JUST what the receiver gets. No matter how detailed/good/well formed is your message … it’s just what he gets that counts (and the marketing guys know this principle VERY well).

You can be the best expert in your field but if people can’t talk to you, can’t have a coffee with you, can’t talk with you about their week end, can’t interact with you except with emails … I’m sorry you are probably going to fail.

Our emotions are contagiuos: you never ever want to stay/work/live/have a coffe with someone who just care about itself, with someone who’s unable to have a relatioship with othe people. Yes of course, it can work for some time but ….


I’d like to write down some posts about communication.

I’d like to write about things I’ve heard around (thanks to Mike and Mark of the Management Tools podcast), I’ve read around (many!!!) and I’ve talked about (thanks to colleagues and friends).

Some topics will be:

. why communication is so important (to me)

. how does communication flow (sender, contempt, media, receiver, frequency)

. osmotic communication (thanks to Mr.Cockburn for the name and concepts)

. information radiators (thanks again to Alistair Cockburn)

. ….

Stay tuned!


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