📋 Ask “How?”

Sharing more widely something that came up in a sketching session — a simple mnemonic for coming up with small / recurrent actions and avoid ending with generic goals that aren’t actionable: Tip Ask “how?” repeatedly until it it becomes silly 🙂 For example, if the initial thing I come up with is… Understand better the inner working of this particular thing Asking “how?” makes it clear that something is missing; so it becomes…...

May 7, 2024 · 1 min · 155 words

🔗 The Just One Thing (JOT) Method

The JOT Method Here’s how it works: Take a pen or pencil and turn to a blank page of a notebook. Write today’s date in the upper left-hand corner. Think of one simple task that you’ve been putting off. Write it down underneath the date. Do that task and only that task. Don’t write out a to-do list. It’s easy to let yourself get distracted by all of the other undone tasks you aren’t doing....

April 1, 2024 · 1 min · 155 words

🔗 The State of Engineering Productivity in 2024

The State of Engineering Productivity in 2024 📊 1) Hybrid is hard Teams who work in hybrid mode have the hardest time. It is tough to create an environment where the playing field is level for everybody: there is less incentive to build a truly remote-friendly environment than in full-remote teams, while at the same time you don’t get the full benefits of co-location. Committing decisively to one of the two extremes might bring better results in terms of productivity — but of course it can be more challenging in other departments....

March 28, 2024 · 2 min · 367 words


BICEPS — PALOMA MEDINA There are six core needs researchers find are important for humans (both at work and in our personal lives). Each of us have a personal hierarchy for the six however: … Getting to know them is a shortcut to better communication, as well as greater inclusivity at work. Belonging Improvement Choice Equality/ Fairness Predictability Significance See also: Coaching Questions Cheat Sheet - Google Docs Getting to Know Others’ BICEPS Core Needs

February 8, 2024 · 1 min · 75 words

🔗 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....

September 18, 2023 · 1 min · 132 words

🔗 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....

September 10, 2023 · 1 min · 191 words

🔗 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

August 24, 2023 · 1 min · 56 words

📺 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...

July 31, 2023 · 5 min · 1030 words
Illustration presenting a transformation from a chaotic, cluttered workspace to an organized, efficient one, depicted in a modern digital painting style. These visuals capture the theme of transitioning from an overwhelming flow of Slack notifications, represented by a garbage landfill, to a structured, clutter-free environment, represented by a river flow and green fields.

💭 Slack Overload? Regain control with Inbox Zero principles

The goal is to apply “inbox zero” concepts to Slack and mitigate the pressures to “respond immediately”. The realisation is that sections can become a pseudo-inbox of channels that need reading (as opposed to considering messages the unit to manipulate).

April 17, 2023 · 10 min · 2070 words

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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.

June 15, 2014 · 1 min · 24 words

📜 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 )

March 8, 2014 · 1 min · 39 words

📜 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....

February 21, 2014 · 1 min · 75 words

🔗 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.

January 30, 2014 · 1 min · 39 words

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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? )

January 10, 2014 · 1 min · 31 words

📜 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 )

December 27, 2013 · 1 min · 20 words

📺 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

December 25, 2013 · 1 min · 76 words

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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 )

November 6, 2013 · 1 min · 56 words

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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!

July 17, 2013 · 1 min · 57 words

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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...

July 15, 2013 · 2 min · 257 words

📜 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.

May 8, 2013 · 1 min · 47 words