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new endeavours – things to avoid

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When you want to start something new,  be it a business or a new product you always start up with an idea or, if you don’t have one you come up with one (by who care what process… brainstorming, calling a friend, stealing).

There’s no better idea than yours. I mean, it’s a pot of gold. What am I saying… it’s the motherload, the ultimate cash cow.

Well, before the money starts rolling in, you may want to analyse it a little further, especially regarding the intersection between your new idea, the boundary of your knowledge and the actual demand for a product such as the one you’re envisioning.

Here’s a diagram describing where you don’t want to be.

2014-01-26 Venn - Intersection - 1

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January 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

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cause and effect – more testing doesn’t necessarily improve software quality

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A short story about cause and effect I had in my backlog.

Jim works for a software company or, why not, he may even own it.

Jim realizes that the quality of the software that gets built in his company decreases year-by-year, all over the board. He’s been seeing it for some time now but it seemed like the guys have it under control. You know, the guys know what they’re doing.

After awhile things seem to slip even further….

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Written by Bogdan

October 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

competing for your time

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If there’s any single thing that you’ll never get back, it’s time.

Time is the most valuable resource that you posses. It’s your currency.

Things and people are in a never-ending race, competing for your time, but ultimately, if you respect your time, you should decide who receives it.

Lao Tzu said “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” and that’s… well, deep and true.

Only give your time to the people who respect it and to the things that given time, will give it back to you.

Because the people who respect your time will use it wisely while the rest will just waste it.

Saying that you don’t have time for something is lying to yourself and others. Give it some time tomorrow, or if you think that it really doesn’t deserve your time… don’t do it.

Written by Bogdan

October 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

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semantics

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Back when I was green and naive I thought that real physical things are valuable.

I thought that people work together based on common interest, as opposed to working together based on the intersection of personal interests. I know, it seems like a semantic difference… it’s not.

Once you realize that this is a fact, not just some philosophical gibberish your whole collaboration mindset will change.

Nobody actually wants to work toward a distant goal that will benefit us all, without searching for a personal benefit. You’ll find people who swear their allegiance, ready to do anything to prove their pure intentions. That’s just their subconscious pulling tricks on them. They’re internal subconscious radar is scanning for gain 24/7.

“Help me help you” wins every time, it’s a better, more sincere strategy.

 

Written by Bogdan

September 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

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building the new

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” a wise man once said, and even though that was a long long time ago, it still stands strong. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

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a little product management

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Even if you’re just a developer, a little product management will open your eyes.

I know, you think it’s all about marketing, and it is, sort of, but from time to time an article series like Practical Rules for Product Management makes it fun, even for non marketers. So, enjoy:

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February 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

it’s not that important

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Moving slow lets you finish faster.
Asynchronous communication doesn’t make you less productive, it makes you more productive.
Meetings for the sake of meeting are just poison. They just take everybody out of their flow.

If people tell you that it’s important, it’s critical, it can’t wait, it’s high priority, take it with a grain of salt.
Few things in life are important or critical, people make them appear that way.

Written by Bogdan

February 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

don’t wait for chance, change

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“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

- Jim Rohn

If you don’t like what you’re doing at work… do something else.

If you can’t do something else at work, get a hobby… it will push you in the right direction.

You don’t like doing anything at all? Now that’s a big fat lie.

There’s always something else… that can make you happy.

There’s no magic fairy that is going to come along and fix everything. You’re not that lucky, nobody is.

Change, work harder, and it will pay off.

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January 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

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your boss… hired you to take care of things

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...hired you to take care of things

Written by Bogdan

January 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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Inbox zero heresy

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Lately I’ve seen a lot of people posting and tweeting, bragging about how zero their inbox is. This is funny and sad at the same time.

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It’s funny because they’re getting it wrong… it’s never about having an empty inbox. It’s sad because at the end of the day they have an empty inbox but they didn’t get anything done… they were too busy getting their inbox to zero :)

Maybe the name ruins it all.

Maybe people get it as “I should spend as much time as possible checking my email, cleaning it, moving it to folders or deleting it so I can get it out of my mind, because that has some sort of psychological effect, relieving me of my pains and stress”, taking it from an ongoing habit to permanent effort.

It’s ironic that something meant to help sort things out and liberate more time for creative and productive work… actually transforms into a time-consuming and stressful (“not at inbox zero yet… have to get there… omg”) activity.

Think about this: If you’re checking your email every 5 minutes, you’re checking for new email 24.000 times per year.  

What’s worse is that it turns into some sort of procrastination aid.

It feels like productive work, because you are clearing stuff out. Right? You are advancing and getting somewhere.  Right?

Well, no. Inbox zero isn’t somewhere.

Don’t set your goal to have inbox zero… set your goal to actually get more things done right, both in quantity and quality and you’ll get somewhere.

Written by Bogdan

January 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

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