New Site

As 2016 wound down and I started thinking about things that I really ought to be doing, and I added JonathanCavell.com to the list.  This was partly because I missed occasionally writing out a blog post or reviewing a book, but honestly it had most to do with the existing…

Book Review: Kotter’s Leading Change

This book is the seminal text on organizational change for a reason.  It’s part of my, “Remember What You Learned in Your MBA Book Tour.”  It’s centered around the 8 steps that you might have known intuitively, but can really use in your arsenal on paper: Communicate the Vision Empower…

Book Review: Understanding Michael Porter

My MBA didn’t seem like it was 5 years ago until I started reading this book.  The amount of strategy I had known and forgotten was a little bit staggering.  Eventhough my job is firmly entrenched in technology these days, this was a solid refresher on some of Porter’s best…

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow

As a study of the human mind and a container of brilliant little anecdotes, this book deserves all of the credit it has received.  Unfortunately, Kahneman doesn’t always bring things back to a central point, a place where you can absorb the information and take meaningful actions from it.  It’s…

Book Review: User Story Mapping

One of the most talented developers I’ve ever worked with recommended this book to me.  A guy who, at least when a big financial is his client, finds himself arguing against documentation more often than for it recommending a book about requirement documentation? Figured it must be worth the read….

Systematically Betting on Baseball (fun with Spreadsheets)

If you know me in the “real world” you know that I am a huge Pirate fan.  The part of baseball I have found interesting for most of my life is player development.  Watching players get drafted at 18 out of high school or signed at 16 out of Latin…

The 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

In 2014 I got much better about tracking my successes and failures thanks to both improvements in technology and my discipline.  I intend to use these improvements in order to make my goals stick.  This year I’ve added a few metrics under most of my goals and even created one…

2014 New Year’s Resolutions Recap

2014 was an interesting year.  I can only claim success on one of my four goals from last year, but I have good excuses for all and notable progress on 2 more.  To recap, my goals were (here’s the full post if you want to see why I picked them):…

Book Review: Big Data: Related Technologies, Challenges and Future Prospects

If you’re reading this because you’re a friend, or you have an interest in the Burgh, do not read this book.  It’s quite technical and very dry. Even if you’re a techie there are reasons to complain about this book; many of the authors clearly aren’t native speakers and the…

Book Review: Zero to One

There is a whole genre of books that have emerged out of the recent infatuation with tech startups; from biographies of Zuckerberg to about a billion cookbooks for success.  I picked this one up because I think Thiel is an interesting guy, a bit Jobs-like in his belief that the…