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Cogito Ergo Sum Pragmaticus

November 10th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 2 Comments

“Cogito Ergo Sum Pragmaticus” (= I think, therefore I am Pragmatic | I am not a native latin speaker but the sound felt right ;)

I will dare to claim that eating restrictions and drinking contradictions for breakfast* is one of the first steps in the pragmatic** manager journey.

The ability to combine a revolution-like sense-of-urgency characteristics

  • Opportunistic result oriented thinking with basic strive for early result (a.k.a. Constant search for simple low-hanging-fruits)
  • Edgy pro-activeness in identifying and mitigating possible risks, bottlenecks or any other result-pooper
  • Choosing the right battles with healthy pareto mindset

Spiced with René Descartes methodological skepticism

  • Constant questioning and reflection: Why are we doing it? What problem are we solving? Is it really worth it? Is there an easier way? What will happen if we will drop it?
  • Embrace doubt in current assumptions, restrictions, taboos, procedures, personal and corporate comfort zones or any other sacred cows
  • Decipher the important vs. the urgent

With some Chinese long-term thinking

  • Define a clear vision and goals
  • Team building
  • Invest time in analyzing market trends and technological direction

Are only some of the basic elements needed to reach a pragmatism Zen (!)


Three Pragmaticus Tips:

* Don’t Skip Breakfast – Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day! ;)

** Schedule a weekly recurring meetings in your schedule to proactively reflect on your life contradictions

*** Google engineers have launched a new Google Blog Directory – Very inresting reading…

Tags: Leadership · Management · Project Management

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1  Pasha // Nov 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    You seem to forget that the crucial part of every software development project having more than one developer is the “other people”, how to interact with them, how to make them do the right thing and not the thing they want to do, while hurting theirs, their friends’ and your ability to do it right.
    If all it took is for *you* to know what’s right, I’d be well into spending my exit-moneys on booze and women.

  • 2  Moti Karmona // Nov 10, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    One day a young Buddhist on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river.

    Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier.

    Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river.

    The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, “Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river”?

    The teacher ponders for a moment looks up and down the river and yells back, “My son, you are on the other side”.

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