🔗 Hate OKRs? Avoid these 7 mistakes

Hate OKRs? Avoid these 7 mistakes | by Sarah Goff-Dupont | Smells Like Team Spirit | Medium Mistake #1: confusing themes with objectives Mistake #2: capturing all your work as OKRs Mistake #3: confusing key results with tasks Mistake #4: scoring key results by gut-feel Mistake #5: scoring key results on the wrong scale Mistake #6: consistently scoring 1s on every OKR Mistake #7: doggedly pursuing a bogus OKR After a few quarters of doing OKRs the way they’re supposed to be done (or close to it), I generally feel more focused....

🔗 Energy makes time

Energy makes time | everything changes Even the most progressive and thoughtful organizations regularly cultivate situations where the amount of work outstrips the capacity of the people in place to do it. There are tactics, of course, and by the time people have come to me, they’ve usually tried them all. … It hasn’t worked. What differentiates these experiences isn’t the number of hours in the day but the energy we get from the work....

🔗 Cheat Sheets Finder

Cheat Sheet Finder | finders This page provides links to and short descriptions of content that provides succinct guidance on many different topics, which fall under domains such as Agile software development, and working in teams. The Cheat Sheet Finder includes the following categories: Flow/Getting Stuff Done Psychological Safety Kanban, eXtreme Programming (XP), Scrum Software Development

📺 How to measure and improve developer productivity | Nicole Forsgren

Dr. Nicole Forsgren is a developer productivity and DevOps expert who works with engineering organizations to make work better. Best known as co-author of the Shingo Publication Award-winning book Accelerate and the DevOps Handbook, 2nd edition and author of the State of DevOps Reports, she has helped some of the biggest companies in the world transform their culture, processes, tech, and architecture. In today’s podcast, we discuss: Two frameworks for measuring developer productivity: DORA and SPACE Benchmarks for what good and great look like Common mistakes to avoid when measuring developer productivity Resources and tools for improving your metrics Signs your developer experience needs attention How to improve your developer experience Nicole’s Four-Box framework for thinking about data and relationships Chapters...

Slack Overload? Regain control with Inbox Zero principles

“Inbox zero” is a pivotal concept to deal with the constant influx of information we have nowadays. Merlin Mann coined it in 2006, during a series of posts on 43Folders. That “zero?” It’s not how many mes­sages are in your inbox–it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox. Especially when you don’t want it to be. That’s it. — Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (2011-07-12) It was not about “perfection” but rather a way for us to take back control of our time and avoid being reactive....

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(via The Apollo Planner – The Planner ) Introducing the Apollo Planner, a beautifully simple daily planner that delivers powerful productivity and real results.

📜 Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. Sonra Oku (via The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact — Medium )

📜 Inspiration is perishable… Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk

Inspiration is perishable… Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk: It has an expiration date. Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (via REWORK: The new business book from 37signals. ) If you want to do something, you’ve got to do it now. You can’t put it on a shelf and wait two months to get around to it. You can’t just say you’ll do it later. Later, you won’t be pumped up about it anymore....

🔗 Coffitivity – Increase Your Creativity!

Coffitivity – Increase Your Creativity! Our team has delivered the vibe of a coffee shop right to your desktop, which means when your workspace just isn’t quite cutting it, we’ve got you covered. Coffitivity — Enough noise to work.

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How long can you work on making a routine task more efficient before you’re spending more time than you save? (across 5 years) (via xkcd: Is It Worth the Time? )

📜 The instinct to produce great work doesn’t require a fancy notebook

The instinct to produce great work doesn’t require a fancy notebook. Seth Godin (via Seth’s Blog: A productivity gap )

📺 Thomas Sowell on Feminism and Racialism

If we want to see women pay more equal to men, what we need to do is convince more women to go into areas such as the sciences, and the mathematics and engineering, and we need to convince men to take more responsibility for children in the house. When those begin to even out, we’ll see wages begin to even out as well. See also Thomas Sowell address these exact same concerns back in the 70s

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A programmer takes between 10-15 minutes to start editing code after resuming work from an interruption. When interrupted during an edit of a method, only 10% of times did a programmer resume work in less than a minute. A programmer is likely to get just one uninterrupted 2-hour session in a day (via Programmer Interrupted )

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (1932-2012) Be proactive Begin with the end in mind Put first things first Think win-win Seek first to understand and the to be understood Synergize Sharpen the saw … and the eighth habit is to: Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs Old, but timeless!

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TEDxPortsmouth – Dr. Alan Watkins – Being Brilliant Every Single Day: (Part 1) (Part 2) Your performance and results… … depend on your behaviour … which depends on what you think … which depends on how you feel … which depends on your emotions … which depend on your physiology (…) the dominant factor in the thinking <=> feeling loop is feeling (…) feelings are the awareness of your raw emotions...

📜 Pulling a few weeds every time is good for maintenance, but it doesn’t

Pulling a few weeds every time is good for maintenance, but it doesn’t make sense to spread fertilizer one square foot each day. Cricket (via The Repeat Test and Personal Kanban ) Little-and-often and do-till-one are two different tools. (…) most projects need a mix of tools.

🔗 The Only Two Secrets to Motivating Yourself You’ll Ever Need : zenhabits

The Only Two Secrets to Motivating Yourself You’ll Ever Need : zenhabits And those two things are so deceptively simple that you might decide to stop reading after I name them: 1) make things enjoyable and 2) use positive public pressure . Also, reframing things can go a long way into motivating someone to do something they really don’t wan’t to do!

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(via Just For Fun: ADHD and Routine )

🔗 The Simplest and Most Effective Method of All? – Blog – Get Everything Done

The Simplest and Most Effective Method of All? – Blog – Get Everything Done 3 + 2* Write down three tasks Do the first two in order Add another two tasks (so there are three tasks again) Do the first two in order Repeat ad infinitum (…) I myself have found it works best for me the less I consult them [ lists ]. This is because every time I do two tasks the method requires me to think carefully about what I should do next....

📋 For the week of April 04, 2013

I must admit my heart sank a little bit a lot when saw this on my RescueTime “Weekly Summary” email… Oh dear! “Notepad”? Really?!? Sounds like a clear case of corporactivitis to me 🙁 For The Week Of April 04, 2013Top applications and websites: 13h 06m — wiki.netpost 6h 16m — NotePad 5h 01m — MS Excel 3h 39m — MS Outlook 2h 09m — Windows Explorer