I'm curious about many things. I bet you are, too. I'm curious about how people make choices, what they see as options, what they choose to measure. I'm curious about how things work. I feel as if the world has so much variety and my biggest choice is how to sample all the wondrous things in it.

Here's how I feed my curiosity:

Read all the time.

I always read. I'm often reading at least two books: a non-fiction book for some sort of specific knowledge and one fiction book to tease more possibilities. The more I read, the more I learn and the more I wonder. 

Observe the world around me.

I have trouble observing specifics. I see one thing and generalize from that. Not too specific, am I? Thanks to my daily walks, I now have more appreciation for what happens during different seasons. Yes, I knew that information before, and now I am much more aware of my surroundings: that the leaves provide shade in the summer; the spring smells of the trees and grasses (and my sneezing); and where the squirrels eat their nuts in the fall. I'm practicing observing people when I travel. 

Ask "what if" questions.

You know me, I like to ask questions. Some of my favorite questions are "What if." At work, I ask, "What if we changed that one thing?" or "What if we had a project with no managers? How could we make that work?" These questions are excellent when I ask other people to consider options with me. 

I hope you feed your curiosity as well. How do you feed your curiosity? Please let me know

More Learning With Johanna

If you are a Product Owner and you are sure there is a better way, please participate in my Practical Product Owner workshop. It starts Aug 23, so don't delay.

My August writing workshop is full. If you would like to know about future workshops, please email me.

I'm speaking at these events:

July 25-28, Agile 2016, Atlanta GA

Sep 14: Exploring Your Servant Leadership (ITMPI webinar)

October 17-19, PNSQC, Portland, OR


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