Hot Spots

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Hot spots are a simple metaphor for thinking about what’s important. Imagine your life as a heat map with Hot Spots. Hot Spots are the key investment areas or choice points that need your attention. Hot Spots are a lens and each Hot Spot can represent pain or opportunity or pleasure.

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Hot Spots

  1. 1. Hot Spots <ul><li>J.D. Meier </li></ul>How To See the Forest from the Trees
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What are Hot Spots </li></ul><ul><li>Why use Hot Spots </li></ul><ul><li>How to use Hot Spots </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Problem <ul><li>Where do you need to spend your time? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need to focus on? </li></ul>You have limited time and energy to spend. You need to spend it wisely.
  4. 4. Hot Spots <ul><li>Key Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine your life as a heat map with Hot Spots. </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Spots are the key investment areas or choice points that need your attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Each Hot Spot can represent pain or opportunity or pleasure. </li></ul>Hot spots are a simple metaphor for thinking about what’s important. Hot Spots are areas of focus.
  5. 5. Hot Spots as Your Portfolio Think of your life as an investment portfolio or a heat map.
  6. 6. Why Hot Spots <ul><li>Key Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>They give you a simple lens for looking at your life. </li></ul><ul><li>They help you set boundaries. </li></ul><ul><li>They help you focus and prioritize. </li></ul><ul><li>They help you balance your life. </li></ul>Hot Spots provide a simple way to invest your time and energy across significant areas of your life. By looking at your life in terms of a heat map of pain, pleasure, and opportunity, you can better invest your time and energy to improve your results.
  7. 7. How To Use Hot Spots <ul><li>You can use hot spots several ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve work-life balance - set boundaries in terms of how much time or energy you spend in a given area of your life. You can set minimums or maximums. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask better questions - Ask key questions about significant areas of your life using Hot Spots as a lens. </li></ul><ul><li>Focal points for improvement - Use hot spots as focal points to improve. For example, you can find and test best practices for a given area of your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze your time and energy - Analyze your investment of time and energy across your portfolio of Hot Spots. </li></ul>See the forest from the trees. Balance and focus your life.
  8. 8. Key Take Aways <ul><li>Think of your life as a portfolio or heat map. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Hot Spots to invest your time and energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Set minimums and maximums in terms of time or energy in your hot spots. </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve work-life balance by investing across your hot spots. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Call to Action <ul><li>Read the Guide – Getting Results.com ( http://GettingResults.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Share it with a friend </li></ul><ul><li>Share your success story ( [email_address] ) </li></ul>
  10. 10. About J.D. Meier <ul><li>J.D. Meier … </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team </li></ul><ul><li>Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff </li></ul><ul><li>10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices” </li></ul><ul><li>750+ software architecture and design reviews </li></ul><ul><li>As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Projects (Blue Books and Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Application Architecture Guide 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide) </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide) </li></ul><ul><li>patterns & practices Security Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures) </li></ul><ul><li>Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”) </li></ul><ul><li>Software / Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”) </li></ul><ul><li>Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>J.D. Meier on MSDN (My Microsoft Blog): http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier </li></ul><ul><li>Sources of Insight (My Effectiveness Blog) - http://SourcesOfInsight.com </li></ul>Guidance Explorer
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