... personal wiki, blog and notes
- Verifyable Statements
- Video Conferencing
- Attention Deficit Trait
- To trac or not to trac?
- Managing Action Items
- Schedule Chicken
- Management Technique - Or Lack of It
- Strongly Defend Weakly Held Positions
- Pagico Experience at week one.
- Pagico and getting things done
- Space and Open Plan Offices
2004/12/24: Esther Derby posts a list of new years resolutions for managers. These are good things: summarised as:
Define Daily Goals, review every friday for next week (20 minutes effort)
Undertake a personal measurement programme (see below)
Invest in yourself, spend time on investigating things you think you need to know.
Create Time for Reflection.
Revitalise your support network (ie identify the important people, and use them).
2004/12/17:Esther Derby posts a sensible list of things for a manager to measure from time to time. Basically she suggests keeping a log of how one spends time by filling out a gridded piece of paper for a couple of weeks, with how one has spent the last half hour ....
Her list was:
Number of standing meetings, those scheduled far in advance and held at regular intervals
Number of ad hoc meetings, those scheduled a day or less in advance
Number of ad hoc requests (and where they come from)
Number of phone calls received, missed, returned
Number of emails received, read to the bottom, responded to
Time spent one-on-one with members of your team
Number of obstacles removed for your team
Number of issues investigated on behalf of your team
Time spent 1:1 with team members
Time spent informally with team members
Time spent with peers
Time spent on professional development (formal or informal)
Knowing where my time went helped me make choices to spend my time on higher value activitie
2005/02/03: So you want to be a consultant discusses good practice for consultants. But it's not all just applicable to self-employeed consultants, a lot of it's plain good advice. I especially liked:
Your customers should never think this about you: list your work in detail to say what you did, and -- if necessary -- who asked you to do it. Which of these two line item details would you rather see from somebody you're paying real money to?
|Consultant #1||Email system administration ... 3.25 hours.|
|Consultant #2||Investigated email system problems per Martin; found that MS Exchange required a patch to deal with the latest Outlook IMAP queries; re-optimized all the message stores and tested with several email clients. ... 3.25 hours.|