Category: Productivity

Cultivated Management, Productivity

People are not efficient, but they can be effective

A few year’s back I attended a talk by Dr Paul Thomas about banning the boss and removing management. It was a brilliant talk and the sentiment is very sound – leave people alone to their job. One quote that stood out for me and resonated deeply was this: People are not efficient, but they can …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Education and Personal Development, Productivity, Relevance and Responsiveness

A Blazingly Simple Guide To Turning Around a Team

Turning Around a Team This guide is about turning around a failing or fledgling team (or growing a new team) in just 6 months. This could be turning around a failing team, changing a team’s direction (say from Waterfall to Scrum) or fixing a dysfunctional team process. 6 months’ sounds like a long time to turn …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

A Blazingly Simple Guide To Building A Support Team

When you start building and selling any sort of product you will need to start supporting it. Even if your product is high quality (which is of course, subjective) you will still have questions about it, or returns/refunds and other reasons your customers may want to get in touch with you. This short guide is for …


Want to get more done – add work to your calendar

Want to get more work done_

A technique I’ve used for many years to get a lot done is to add my work to my calendar. It’s common for software professionals to avoid scheduling their work in their calendar. This may work, but in some environments this leaves room for others to book meetings. When I was working in a feature team I …


Kanban and the ultimate process

Kanban Board

Kanban boards are a common sight now in many teams. It’s not just software development teams either. I’ve seen them used by all sorts of teams. One of the common mistakes I see people making with Kanban boards is creating one that reflects the perfect process, not the process they currently have. Kanban is a …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

Product Improvement Engine And Other Startup Ideas

Startup Playbook Screenshot

There’s a lot of great wisdom packaged up in this Startups Playbook by Sam Altman. It’s worth a long read. And then a re-read. And another re-read. “You want to build a “product improvement engine” in your company. You should talk to your users and watch them use your product, figure out what parts are sub-par, …


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 …