Productivity & Estimation

Articles and resources about productivity, efficiency, and managing deadlines

Increasing Focus With No Meeting Days (or Weeks!)

Increasing Focus With No Meeting Days (or Weeks!)

In a world where it's accepted that meetings are bad yet unavoidable, what’s the solution? How can we balance making time to get things done with the need to communicate with the rest of our team? That’s where no-meeting days come in.

Karl Hughes

Karl Hughes

September 8, 2021 8 minute read

Project Management with GitLab

Project Management with GitLab

GitLab is great for teams looking to manage the entire DevOps lifecycle inside of a single platform, with many teams using its project management features instead of a separate tool. Learn how you can manage complex projects effectively with GitLab's built-in features and improve visibility and team communication even more with a little help from some popular integrations.

Tanaka Mutakwa

Tanaka Mutakwa

September 1, 2021 8 minute read

Project Management with GitHub

Project Management with GitHub

Struggling to manage projects in GitHub? Learn how to use its features alongside third party tools to get organized and effectively run a project in GitHub.

Keanan Koppenhaver

Keanan Koppenhaver

August 24, 2021 6 minute read

Comparing Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Methodologies

Comparing Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Methodologies

There are multiple Agile approaches available to use, but when and how to use them depends on your product, team, and goals.

Linda Ikechukwu

Linda Ikechukwu

July 27, 2021 11 minute read

Everything You Need to Know About Standups

Everything You Need to Know About Standups

Whether you're new to standup meetings or just looking to make them more effective, we've got you covered.

Mihir Patel

Mihir Patel

June 23, 2021 9 minute read

A Comparison of Waterfall and Agile Methods

A Comparison of Waterfall and Agile Methods

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of Waterfall and Agile methods so you can choose the one that's right for your team.

Marie Starck

Marie Starck

June 22, 2021 8 minute read

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...

Michael Karampalas

Michael Karampalas

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...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

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, 2021 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, 2021 8 minute read

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