Angie Kim – Miracle Creek

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim kept me puzzled for hours. This courtroom drama has so many layers and twists in the plot, that the final answer to the whodunnit question is different from what you thought just before turning to the next page. The narrative from different characters and viewpoints, very relatable thoughts and conversations are woven into parent-child relationships. Life insurance payment, a controversial Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), entrepreneurship, and roots in South Korea. Secrets get exposed, judge, prosecutor, defense, and jury get informed, while the main part of the book is not about the activities in the courtroom, but focuses on peeling off the layers that made up fabricated stories, alibis, and distractions.

In rural Virginia, child abuse, determining whether the device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurized oxygen chamber for this HBOT, used to treat autism and infertility, are big issues. Don’t expect miracles to happen, but be prepared for a well-written crime fiction work.

About the author
Angie Kim is the debut author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, a literary courtroom drama that has been named a LibraryReads Selection, an IndieNext pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Book of the Month Club selection, and Apple Books’ Top 2019 Debuts, as well as named a best book by Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, and Real Simple. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.

International Project Management Day 2019 online conference: Focusing On What Matters part 3

Once a year the International Project Management Day is a reason for International Institute for Learning to conduct an online conference. The 2019 theme: Focus on what matters. My third part of takeaways from keynote sessions and prerecorded videos on various related topics.

Complexity Dimensions that Impact Projects
Dr. Leon Herszon – Sr. VP of Global Enterprise Solutions, IIL separates complicated (interdependency impact can be predicted, you know what to do) and complex (impact not predictable, you don’t know what to do).

Traditional project management and cost estimations will not guarantee success in complex situations. Herszon conducted research and created a model with 15 complexity dimensions:

  • Budgetary constraints
  • Clarity of goals
  • Quality of communication
  • Degree of trust
  • Dependency and interdependency
  • Knowledge and experience
  • Organizational capability and maturity
  • Pace/Speed to market
  • Political influence
  • Product and Project size
  • Risk
  • Stakeholder interaction
  • Technology
  • Time frame (duration)
  • Uncertainty

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity (Doug Hourton)

Instead of ranking you better create awareness of these dimensions using a subjective 1-4 level to each, resulting in a cobweb diagram. Follow guidelines for process improvement. You can read the whole paper Dimensions of project complexity and their impact on cost estimation online at or the Herszon, Leon (2017) The complexity of projects: an adaptive model to incorporate complexity dimensions into the cost estimation process, Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Managing Risk on Agile Projects

Roy Schilling, Senior Agile Coach/Trainer, IIL, defines risk as anything uncertain that impedes progress, Examples shared next to risks to end up outside constraints on time, scope, and costs are:

  • unclear scope
  • unclear requirements
  • technical feasibility
  • single point of failure
  • building the wrong product
  • social risks (skills and relationships)
  • stakeholder engagement

Traditional approaches to managing risks include sign-offs, risk register, change management, and project status meetings. in Agile contexts, more adaptive approaches to managing risks are:

  • close stakeholder engagement
  • small, frequent deliveries
  • continuous feedback
  • adaptive planning
  • cross-functional, self-organizing teams
  • retrospectives
  • information radiators

Approaches for risk identification at the start of the project and throughout the project can still be used. The same goes for risk prioritization, planning and implementing risk responses, monitoring risks, and stakeholder engagement.

Managing risk is the key to hyper-productivity. Consider all forms of risk. Engage and infom. Aggressively manage risks and resolve impediments. Be Agile!

Blockchain for Project Management

Carla Fair-Wright – Program Manager, Link Technologies explains blockchain beyond the buzz. By 2027, 10% of GDP production and processing is stored on blockchain technology. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology are way more than cryptocurrencies. Public, private and consortium blockchain structures, and components (transaction, block, chain, node, miner, and consensus protocol) are elaborated.  Carla refers to Blockchain researcher and TED speaker Bettina Warburg.

Can it be integrated into project management? Carla sees possibilities in smart contracts with these benefits:

  • accuracy: automated contracts remove human error
  • speed: no manual processes
  • savings: economical, no middle man
  • autonomy: no reliance on third parties for confirmation
  • backup: documents are replicated
  • safety: cryptography
  • trust: encrypted documents on a shared ledger

That can be used for registering project work performance data:

  • phase-gates
  • task progress
  • team assignments
  • timesheets
  • procurement decisions

Is project management ready? Although project management itself evolves and requires a lot, especially on technology from the contemporary project manager, the blockchain / distributed ledger technology has challenges on immutability, hacking, trust, etc.

Make Better Project Decisions with Project Online
Cindy Lewis – Owner and Scheduling Expert, 4 Pillars of Success explains how Microsoft Project Online can help to answer questions on assigned resources, project status, and time management (meetings are a waste of time, usually).

Cindy demonstrates the functionality of the three versions (basic, professional, premium), including deep drilling, administering agile projects with a Kanban board, task board, and burndown charts.

Nona – Nona

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Het titelloze debuutalbum van singer / songwriter Nona uit Uden zal de harten van liefhebbers van wijlen Amy Winehouse sneller laten kloppen, zo niet overslaan. De gelijkenis in liedjes als lead single en album opener It’s Alright en Daisy Dukes is wel heel treffend, al hebben de doorleefde liedjes van de blonde Brabantse een eigen zeggingskracht. Haar muziek is een smeltkroes van blues, rock en soul. Op 8 december 2019 ga ik haar live zien in Hedon, Zwolle. Ze stond al eerder op bijvoorbeeld Eurosonic Noorderslag, Paaspop, Down The Rabbit Hole en Parkpop.

Er zijn liefdesverklaringen als in Givin’ It All, persoonlijke ontboezemingen in Addicted en Sleeptalking, verlangen in Hold On Me, verwondering in Last To Know en blue Monday beslommeringen in Mondays. Ongemerkt gaat het album na (the writing on) The Wall weer op herhaling zonder te vervelen. Alle 13 goed!

Eberhard Arnold – The Inner Life: Inner Land: A Guide into the Heart of the Gospel

The 1936 Innen Land; Ein Wegweiser in die Seele der Bibel und in den Kampf um die Wirkklichkeit by Eberhard Arnold was not only a study into the what and how of the Christian everyday life, but also emphasized the importance to look for God’s Kingdom instead of longing for a Third Reich. When a copy of the book was sent to Adolf Hitler and his staff, they dismissed the call-to-repent and took Arnold prison. In 1975 the magnum opus of Eberhard Arnold, which was initially published as a patriotic pamphlet for German soldiers in 1914, evolved into the full book, was translated into English as The Inner Life: Inner Land: A Guide into the Heart of the Gospel, which now in 2019 sees a reprint and renewed introduction to the general public.

Christ calls us to deepen our inner life in stillness and quiet. He teaches us to pray, to spread the good news, and be full of the Holy Spirit. The illumination of our hearts by God will work out in our entire life, private and public. Arnold admires both God and his church as being the manifestation of God on Earth since Jesus’ ascension. The living church receives its unity and unanimity from the continual outpouring of the Spirit. The guide illustrates the topics with an overwhelming series of references to Bible versions. It’s a continuous flow of truths without slicing it into topics or sound bites. All human efforts toward salvation are doomed to fail. Human spirits unite in God’s Spirit. Understanding this may take a while, even a life, but it’s worth looking for!

About the author

Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) studied theology, philosophy, and education at Breslau, Halle, and Erlangen, where he received his doctorate in 1909. He became a sought-after writer, lecturer, and speaker in his native Germany. Arnold was active in the student revival movement sweeping the country and became secretary of the German Christian Student Union. In 1916 he became literary director of the Furche Publishing House in Berlin and editor of its monthly periodical. Like thousands of young Europeans, Eberhard Arnold and his wife Emmy were disillusioned by the failure of the establishment – especially the churches – to provide answers to the problems facing society in the turbulent years following World War I. In 1920, out of a desire to put into practice the teachings of Jesus, the Arnolds and their five young children turned their backs on the privileges of middle-class life in Berlin and moved to the small German village of Sannerz. There, with a handful of like-minded seekers who drew inspiration from the Youth Movement, the sixteenth-century Anabaptists, and the early Christians, they founded an intentional community on the basis of the Sermon on the Mount. The community, which supported itself by agriculture and a small but vibrant publishing house, attracted thousands of visitors and eventually grew into the international communal movement known as the Bruderhof.

I received a review copy from Plough Publishing House via Edelweiss in exchange for my personal, unbiased opinion upon reading.

23e Koerkamptocht rond Lettele

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Voor de 23e keer organiseren Deventer Oost Club Activiteiten (DOCA) en de stichting Bathmen Promotie zaterdag de Koerkamptocht rond Lettele. Met het dorp Bathmen valt Lettele tegenwoordig ook onder de gemeente Deventer. De 280 deelnemers die op het wandelevenement zijn afgekomen hebben geluk met het weer. De benen loop je wel warm als de temperatuur rond het vriespunt ligt. Voor het bovenlijf helpen de laagjes thermohemd, trui en jas, handschoenen zijn een welkome aanvulling. De organisatie is coulant voor de wandelaars. Zo’n negen voor negen delen ze de routebeschrijvingen al uit en kan ik van start.

Het warme café uit en het fietspad langs de Oerdijk volgen, groepjes wandelaars inhalen in de eerste kilometers ‘op gang komen’. Kruispunten met de route van de Deventer Wandelvierdaagse uit april vallen op. Wandelen in ochtendgloren Brandkoelewegeton maakt plaats voor zand op de Brandkoeleweg. Het zonlicht zorgt voor feeërieke plaatjes, waarbij de wisseling van herfst naar winter zich manifesteert. Een vaker belopen stuk zijn de paden langs de Zandwetering en doorsteek naar de Cröddendijk ter hoogte van de buurt Spikvoorde in de Deventer uitbreidingswijk De Vijfhoek. Enkele boerderijen die tussen de nieuwbouwhuizen zijn blijven staan, worden gerenoveerd of van een nieuwe rietkap voorzien. LettelerleideTer hoogte van de Nieuwedijk ga ik rechtsaf, de slingerende fietspaden tussen de rietkragen, het water van de Zandwetering en later de Lettelerleide als spiegel voor de bomen aan de oevers. Dezelfde uitnodiging om te fotograferen volgt langs het Overijssels Kanaal. Aan de Spanjaardsdijk is bij De Heihoeve, een Dimence locatie, Rustpunt en zorgboerderij uit 1908, de rust voor de wandelaars. Na 7,5km is me dat nog te vroeg, dus vervolg ik m’n weg langs het Kanaal om verderop af te slaan voor een ruime slinger door het buurtschap Averlo. Afwisselend verharde en onverharde wegen. Een enkele wandelaar voor en achter me, voor de rest is het rustig. Na 11,5km stop ik even bij een stapel boomstammen om te zitten, wat te eten en drinken, plus een sanitaire stop.

ZonnenbergerbrugZo’n 2,5km later ben ik bij de Zonnenbergerbrug over het Overijssels Kanaal. Als weer 2,5km langs het water volgt, is me intussen wel helder, dat afgezien van een klein stukje vanochtend bij Spikvoorde de hele route gefietst kan worden en best avontuurlijker had gemogen. De Soestwetering passeer ik voor een tweede maal. NIet iedereen zal weten dat links tussen de bomen achter de Spanjaardsdijk een materieelcomplex van Defensie is gevestigd. Met zo’n 20km op de teller ben ik bij De Heihoeve. Ik plof buiten neer aan een picknickbank, veel lekkerder dan binnen zitten. Spiegeling in Overijssels KanaalDe lopers op de kortere afstanden zijn erbij gekomen. Dat maakt het onderweg weer wat gezelliger, groeten en mensen kijken 😉 De laatste vier kilometer naar Lettele gaan over de Zandbelterweg, de Borgeler Leide over en dan de Koerkampsweg af naar de Bathmenseweg. Van grote afstand herken ik het karakteristieke stemgeluid van speaker Henk Borgmeijer die hardlopers de finish binnenpraat. In Lettele wordt vandaag de Oostermaetloop gehouden. In het dorp trek ik om de 125-jarige Nicolaaskerk heen om me vervolgens af te melden in café De Koerkamp. Wat pepernoten mee voor onderweg naar de auto.