I love the end of the year articles about the top ten movies of the year, or top ten books, and also the New Year predictions like “12 trends to watch in 2017”. Every year during the holidays, I find myself reading these top ten lists and predictions but this year I began thinking about why they are enjoyable, and whether or not they are a good use of my time. As the leader of a book club, the top ten books of the year lists are a great source of ideas for my group so my time reviewing them is useful. But what about from a work and career perspective; should I be spending time reading about the top ten training trends from 2016?
Upon learning of the death of Ed Yourdon, I immediately went to my bookshelf and started reviewing his books. Mr. Yourdon didn’t know me, but I feel as if I knew him. Throughout my career, he always seemed to be there when I needed some direction or a new approach to analysis. I recommend many of his books but one in particular was very important to me: Death March.