Agile is about being fast and flexible. I love reading books about AGILE and surrounding topics (motivation, management, happiness, nature,…) but always struggled reading a lot of text and having the need to condense relevant information afterwards. I guess you can apply the 80/20 rule too, assuming that you just need 20% of a book covering 80% of the relevant information.
I started creating my own summaries for books (find a detailed list at the end of this post) and learned how useful it is for a fast recap on key facts and to memorize a reading.
But it takes a considerable amount of time for summarizing (estimated at least the time reading the book, depending on the way of working with the book in the first reading session). Often I struggled to find the time to create the summaries resulting in a high loss of input (you can remember around 10% of something you read).
To learn speed reading is a great way to increase your reading efficiency by keeping a high effectiveness. But still it’s to much clutter and now I found a way to combine having less clutter and using speed reading.
For me a highlight is Blinkist (use this link if you would like to take me as a referral). It’s an awesome service offering high quality book summaries. I’m using it for roughly one month now and already finished reading 48 book summaries.
My list of book summaries
- 5 dysfunctions of a team
- Abolishing performance appraisals
- Agile retrospectives
- Hiring geeks that fit
- Scrum – Einflussfaktor Personalmanagement (DE)
- Drive (DE)
- Gewaltfreie Kommunikation (DE) (parts)
- Human Side of Agile
- Lean from the Trenches
- Management 3.0
- Real life Scrum
- Tribal leadership (parts)
- Where good ideas come from
- Your network is your net worth