Productivity & Estimation

Articles and resources about productivity, efficiency, and managing deadlines

The Rituals of Agile Development

The Rituals of Agile Development

Learn about the history, terminology, process, and rituals behind the agile development methodology.

Tanaka Mutakwa

Tanaka Mutakwa

May 3, 2021 10 minute read

Time to Think

Time to Think

To accomplish something meaningful, you must fight back against constant distractions and get into a state of deep work.

Michael Karampalas

Michael Karampalas

May 6, 2021 6 minute read

On Meetings and Wasting Time

On Meetings and Wasting Time

Human progress comes from collaboration. People don’t hate meetings necessarily, they just hate having their time wasted.

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

February 26, 2021 3 minute read

The Essential Guide to Tuning Slack for Team Productivity

The Essential Guide to Tuning Slack for Team Productivity

Let’s face it - Slack can be too noisy. Through my own personal quest to optimize my use of Slack I discovered there are many settings and adjustments you can play with to fine tune Slack so that it’s still very useful, but not as...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

January 4, 2021 13 minute read

The Keys to a Successful Project - Simple Guidelines for Project Planners and Managers

The Keys to a Successful Project - Simple Guidelines for Project Planners and Managers

Thanks for checking out our guide on the keys to managing a successful project. We’ll lay out the fundamental keys to running a successful software project and provide you with the techniques to use in your own work.  Topics covered in this guide: Critical Questions Scheduling...

Michael Karampalas

Michael Karampalas

January 3, 2021 25 minute read

Better Software Delivery Estimates with Goal Tracking

Better Software Delivery Estimates with Goal Tracking

Ever been way off on a software delivery estimate? Wished you could more accurately predict when a project or feature would be ready to ship? Of course you have. Most thrashing and trouble that I’ve witnessed in software — that isn’t design or experience related — is the result...

December 28, 2020 3 minute read

Daily Goals and Software Teams: Why and How

Daily Goals and Software Teams: Why and How

One thing. Per day. People who make stuff, like programmers, writers, and designers, are limited to working on one or two intellectual tasks per day. That’s it. You might hear otherwise from developers on your team, compounding the difficulties of figuring out when you might...

February 22, 2021 6 minute read

Top Reasons Why Your Projects Fail (and How to Fix Them)

When you embark on a new project, everything seems possible, doesn’t it? The project will be completed on time, maybe even under budget, and you will finally be recognized as the hero that you are. Except that’s not what happens. In reality, you’re two weeks...

September 28, 2020 5 minute read

6 Questions to Ask at the Start of Every Project

6 Questions to Ask at the Start of Every Project

You meet with a client. They share their vision, you share yours. You go away and create an efficient and beautifully rendered deliverable. You’re practically beaming when you show them how you’ve crafted their disjointed ideas and fragmented thoughts into a masterpiece. And then they...

July 27, 2020 7 minute read

Simple Tips To Rejuvenate How You Schedule Projects

Simple Tips To Rejuvenate How You Schedule Projects

When people think of project management, their minds typically jump to long lists of tasks, droll meetings, or that one person that just didn’t do what they were supposed to. With so many pre-existing negative connotations, how do we transform people’s attitude about project management...

July 20, 2020 8 minute read

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