Author : BurgherJon

Book Review: The Black Swan

This is a book everyone should read.  It’s long-winded in places, but the central point is something that we should all internalize; less and less of the world can be described by a bell curve.  For example, the richest person in the world doesn’t only make 5 standard deviations more…

Book Review: The DevOps Handbook

For the first two hours I was reading this book, I was convinced that I was going to gain nothing from it.  Convinced that all it was going to do was say “There need not be a line between Dev and Operations” 432 different ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I…

Agile/DevOps Maturity Model at the Team Level

This is going to upset a lot of consultants, but I think Agile/DevOps maturity models are ridiculous.  Most of them are setup to test if you look like a good Agile team, rather than checking what really matters. I typically see questions like; “Is your team 7 +/- 2?”, “Do…

I’m Moving To NYC!

I intend to write a few posts during what is going to be a HUGE March for me, but let’s start with the facts.  The moving truck above is loaded up with my stuff and headed to New York!  I have resigned my Development Manager role at Fannie Mae and…

New Site

As 2016 wound down and I started thinking about things that I really ought to be doing, and I added JonathanCavell.com to the list.  This was partly because I missed occasionally writing out a blog post or reviewing a book, but honestly it had most to do with the existing…

Book Review: Kotter’s Leading Change

This book is the seminal text on organizational change for a reason.  It’s part of my, “Remember What You Learned in Your MBA Book Tour.”  It’s centered around the 8 steps that you might have known intuitively, but can really use in your arsenal on paper: Communicate the Vision Empower…

Book Review: Understanding Michael Porter

My MBA didn’t seem like it was 5 years ago until I started reading this book.  The amount of strategy I had known and forgotten was a little bit staggering.  Eventhough my job is firmly entrenched in technology these days, this was a solid refresher on some of Porter’s best…

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow

As a study of the human mind and a container of brilliant little anecdotes, this book deserves all of the credit it has received.  Unfortunately, Kahneman doesn’t always bring things back to a central point, a place where you can absorb the information and take meaningful actions from it.  It’s…

Book Review: User Story Mapping

One of the most talented developers I’ve ever worked with recommended this book to me.  A guy who, at least when a big financial is his client, finds himself arguing against documentation more often than for it recommending a book about requirement documentation? Figured it must be worth the read….

Systematically Betting on Baseball (fun with Spreadsheets)

If you know me in the “real world” you know that I am a huge Pirate fan.  The part of baseball I have found interesting for most of my life is player development.  Watching players get drafted at 18 out of high school or signed at 16 out of Latin…