On September 23rd, 2018, I completed the first 500 days of my 1000 Day Challenge. I can say that so far it has been rewarding and enlightening, but not without challenge. The challenge does keep me focused and gives me the extra motivation that I need when I feel overwhelmed with work and life.
It only took me 520 days to reach the 500-day barrier. My average is 96% and is well ahead of the pace of “1000 days in three years” (91.3%) goal.
I read a little over 11,000 pages and my total reading time was 293 hours, with an average of 35 minutes per day.
There were two months that I did not make my 1000 minutes per month goal and both times I can up about an hour short. Hopefully, I can avoid this problem in the second half. I have noticed that my daily average is dropping (from 37 to 33 minutes per day), but that my daily consistency is improving (93% to 98%). I just haven’t had as much focused airplane time over the past year.
The top ten books that I enjoyed the most during this period are as follows:
- The People’s Scrum (Tobias Mayer)
- Coaching Agile Teams (Lyssa Adkins)
- Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant Leadership (Geoff Watts)
- Scrum Product Ownership (Bob Galen)
- Kanban In Action (Joakim Sundén and Marcus Hammarberg)
- Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition (Kent Beck)
- Scrum and XP From The Trenches, 2nd Edition (Henrik Kniberg)
- The Lean Startup (Eric Ries)
- Implementing Lean Software: From Concept to Cash (Mary and Tom Poppendieck)
- User Story Mapping (Jeff Patton)