Reading aloud

by Alan Cyment

Reading can both open and close your mind. In that respect, The Answer to How is Yes, promotes breadth over depth when building a personal library. What to do then? Pages and pages and tomes and tomes have been written about Computer Science and Scrum. That is to say on my degree and what my current occupation revolves around. Yet I believe (and so does Mr. Block) that reading even more on these two subjects will do nothing but narrow my view of the world. I am no expert in CMMI or the PMBOK. I’m no expert in scaling and distributing Scrum. And that’s OK with me. My belief is that I can become a worthier knowledge worker if I focus my reading somewhere else, relate this something else to Scrum et al, and eventually become a more unprejudiced me in the process.

I’ve read, loved and learned from gems such as Artful Making, Free Play, Slack, The Reengeneering Alternative, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, Montessori – the Science behind the Genius, and Open Space Technology. Most of these recommendations were bestowed on me by my great friend and mentor Toby Mayer. I treasure each on of them in my mind and heart. And yet I feel, especially as I embark on new readings, that a piece of my spiritual puzzle is missing. Perhaps it is the fact that my brain, shame on me, is not almighty. I forget things. Not that many, but yet I do. But then there’s the more distressing sense of selfish intellectual seclusion, so common these days. I can read, and smile while I read. And I want to share those smiles with the world.

So now, whenever I read a paragraph or chapter or book that strikes me as relevant to the art of loving Mondays, I will simply speak out. No, I will not review books. Or maybe I will, but simple by narrating, relating, digressing and highlighting. Paragraphs, chapters and books will randomly be read aloud. I sincerely hope you enjoy the experience. I’m pretty sure I will.