Productivity

How To Manage Time with people who make stuff

Paul Graham has a great article on Manager schedules and Maker schedules on his blog. It's a post I revisit every week as I strive to work out how to balance my management tendencies with the NVM Dev team's desire to get stuff done. In a nutshell Paul makes the point that manager schedules tend to be hourly and based around meetings and time slots. Yet makers schedules tend to focus around un-interrupted blocks of time where they can make things. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Cultural and Societal Impact

How To Support New Conference Speakers

It's so good to see new speakers on the speaking circuit recently and new initiatives, like Speak-easy, bringing fresh voices to our industry. However, new speakers are often incredibly nervous on stage. It's natural - even seasoned conference speakers still get nervous - I still ask myself "Why Do I Do This?" before each talk. Here are a few tips on how to support new conference speakers. (more…)

By Rob, ago
Productivity

The Slight Edge At Work

The Slight Edge is a great book by Jeff Olson. The premise of the book is that in order to obtain the slight edge you need to do tiny positive improvements each day. It's not the big things that give you the advantage in your work or life, it's the daily consistent actions that make the big differences over time. These daily choices and improvements are super easy to do. The problem is they are also super easy not to do. As such depending on which route you take you can end up in totally different places. (more…)

By Rob, ago