Friday, April 17, 2015

Plans for this Blog

So, it's been a calendar month since I started this blog. I can see from the stats that people are reading, though of course you always have more readers than comments. It makes me glad that there is some interest in this bizarre collection of ideas of mine. If you want to support this blog, please let others know about it.

I'm currently working on an extremely long post on risk mitigation. It will probably be broken into parts and won't be ready until Monday. So in the mean time I thought I'd do this mini status and recap post -- in true agile spirit.

So far, the most popular post on this site by a large margin has been the Divination post. If the Black Swan divination posts prove as popular, I may shift more in that direction. In the mean time though, I'm working on posts that apply to Practical Magic Project Management. In fact, this summer, I'm planning to launch a whole series of PMPM posts meant to guide someone on a year long major magical working. See, there's something I need to change in my own life, so I thought I'd work through the steps in case other people have their own major workings they want to launch. It will start with root cause analysis (find the source of your issues), goal setting, and then into project initiation.

I'm also working on more in the series of divinations based on ideas from The Black Swan and Antifragile. These go slowly because I feel like each one needs additional testing before I can publish them. If you want a Black Swan reading, email me and for a limited time I'll do one for free.


At April 18, 2015 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous Yoseqlo said...

Hey, I'm looking for your PMPM. From the previous posts I think it has much potential, if the community needs something, it is to stick to efficient methodology because that many projects that are never completed. Depriving us very valuable knowledge.

I find the Black Swan divination interesting. Though, the notion of Taleb's model it is to be prepared for the worst case in every endeavor, so the divination seems like an unnecessary use of effort.

Anyway, you have really good material in your blog, keep it up.

At April 19, 2015 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Ivy said...

Thanks so much for your feedback! I've got lots of PMPM stuff planned so it's good to know that readers find it useful.

I don't disagree that making your life more robust or anti-fragile (if possible) to Black Swans is important. However someone might not have the resources to do everything they'd like and most people don't have the energy to do everything all at once. The goal of using divination is to help prioritize these efforts and suggest ideas for what to do. Also, I hope to foster the habit of keeping ears and eyes open to possible problems.


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