new endeavours – things to avoid

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

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

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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competing for your time

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.


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.


How you do anything is how you will do everything

How you do anything is how you will do everything.

John Wooden

Little things matter and compromising on some of the things you do will lead over time to lower and lower quality in everything you do.

slower is better

everything moves so fast and you feel bombarded by information

before any one task is finished three more “important” or “urgent” tasks pop up

you feel overwhelmed by… well, by life

on average your mind is lost in thought half of the time, thinking about what you could do, if you could just get to it

stop. mute your phone. close your email client. close twitter and facebook, it just doesn’t matter

take 5 minutes off and have a walk 

write the things that you need to get done and once you wrote something down, let it go. stop thinking about it

take one thing at a time. give it your full attention. try it for 20 minutes 

be mindful. wholly commit. you’ll be amazed

slower is actually faster. every time