What Could a Bitcoin Be Worth?

Since I work for the capital markets group of a major financial corporation, I am obligated to point out, THESE ARE ONLY MY OPINIONS.  I don’t know my employer’s opinion on the topic (or any topic), nor is my opinion based in any part on research or analysis completed by…

Book Review: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In

If you’d like to call me ignorant, you may, but the reason that I think this book’s most valuable asset is Sandberg’s astute observation that we have not moved effectively from focusing on the first woman XYZ to focusing on getting to true 50/50.  In 1972 we all applauded when…

Book Review: Peak by Anders Ericsson

Ever wondered where the 10,000 hour rule that Gladwell popularized came from?  It was a study that Ericsson did of violinists at an elite school in Germany.  Not surprisingly, Ericsson doesn’t think it’s quite that easy and finally he’s published his book to explain how we can all learn how…

Book Review: The Black Swan

This is a book everyone should read.  It’s long-winded in places, but the central point is something that we should all internalize; less and less of the world can be described by a bell curve.  For example, the richest person in the world doesn’t only make 5 standard deviations more…

Book Review: The DevOps Handbook

For the first two hours I was reading this book, I was convinced that I was going to gain nothing from it.  Convinced that all it was going to do was say “There need not be a line between Dev and Operations” 432 different ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I…

Agile/DevOps Maturity Model at the Team Level

This is going to upset a lot of consultants, but I think Agile/DevOps maturity models are ridiculous.  Most of them are setup to test if you look like a good Agile team, rather than checking what really matters. I typically see questions like; “Is your team 7 +/- 2?”, “Do…

I’m Moving To NYC!

I intend to write a few posts during what is going to be a HUGE March for me, but let’s start with the facts.  The moving truck above is loaded up with my stuff and headed to New York!  I have resigned my Development Manager role at Fannie Mae and…

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…