Essence and Problem Solving Blog

June 2, 2020

How “big data” is being used to misinform and how to get better at fighting back

May 26, 2020

Three Essentials To Getting Better At Anything

May 19, 2020

Slow Down and Go Faster

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May 12, 2020

The Secret to Solving Any Repeating Specific Weakness

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May 5, 2020

Why Fundamentals Aren’t Enough To Keep Getting Better

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May 3, 2020

The Essence of Getting Better at Anything

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If you have been following my blog posts, you already know I have been involved over the last ten years with the SEMAT initiative which resulted in Essence. Essence has been referred to as a “thinking framework” and it includes the “essence” of the experiences of successful software practitioners as shared by the SEMAT volunteers.

However, I discovered with just a few minor adjustments, along with the addition of a key practice and a few tips, Essence can be generalized to help any team or individual think-through and develop a sound approach to solve any problem.  And I have been using it in this capacity to help my clients over the past 6 years and in my training workshops.

One problem we all face both in our professional careers and in our personal life is how to get better. I have strongly believed for a number of years that Essence has the potential to help with many problems beyond just software development, including how to get better at literally anything.

There is currently an initiative underway to generalize Essence for systems engineering and I had actually started to write a book a few years ago about helping people get better at anything using Essence. However, that book ended up being heavily focused on software and so I ended up titling it “15 fundamentals for higher performance in software development.”  I do share in that book a number of personal improvement stories, including how I approached a challenge to improve my golf game.  And in my online Essence Training course (https://leanpub.com/c/essence ) I focus on the use of Essence as a practical and proven general problem-solving tool.

What makes Essence particularly attractive to getting better at anything is the fact that improvement is inherent in its framework. And with this in mind I have extracted from the Essence framework the essence of getting better at anything” and described it in a short new book (to be released within the next week),  in which I explain how anyone, at any age, or with any other limitation, can use the approach to get better at anything.  I also provide in the book my own personal experiences that I have used to validate the approach.

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing a series of short video blogs providing key insights into the approach.  The first two blog posts (which will be released within the next two weeks), will be titled:

Why Fundamentals Aren’t Enough To Keep Getting Better and The Art of Getting Better At Anything.

Hope you enjoy the video blogs, and if you know of others who may be interested in this subject, please feel free to forward the link.

 

 

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