Planning Shit for Geeks

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Planning Shit for Geeks

  1. 1. Planning Shit for Geeks with p0rn and fetishes
  2. 2. Core Message• Upside? Less overwhelmed, get more done• Practice good habits• Keep it simple – what works for you• You’ll fall off, just get back on again• Learn to say “No Thanks”
  3. 3. Too much going on!• Support requests• Current sprint• Global backlog and other stuff• Email• Family• Sleeping• Drawing breath…………..and so on…………
  4. 4. Result?• Lack of control over our “stuff” can mean – Feelings of stress, sometimes severe – Internal conflict – Unable to pick the best next action – Picking next action that gives sense of “control” – Not finishing current action => losing “control”
  5. 5. Solution• Get out of your head!• Break down to short, simple, actions -> planning• Simple algorithm to pick next action – don’t want to think about it. • E.g. “What do I feel like doing next”• Regular Review (ala GTD -- weekly?)
  6. 6. GTD• Sexy all singing approach• Nice book• All encompassing• Simple, but not that simple• Ch 1 is tedious and boring First productivity p0rn for geeks
  7. 7. GSD• Cool Name: Getting Shit Done• Simple and affective• Excellent place to start• Don’t need to buy a book – http://utilware.com/gsd3.html
  8. 8. Get it out of your head !• Write it down• Notebooks• Hipster PDA• Desktop Software• Web site• Mobile apps
  9. 9. Fetish Items for productivity p0rn addicts
  10. 10. Back to Basics• It’s all about the habits not the tools• Keep simple• When you fall off just get back on• Refine and improve over time
  11. 11. An example of what I should do• http://alecthegeek.files.wordpress.com/2011/ 06/gpd.png
  12. 12. Some toys to try• toodledo.com (will sync with many apps) – Also Hiveminder and RTM• A5 quadrille notebooks – approx. 150 pages• Pilot G2 pens• The Pomodoro Technique – enhance your focus and estimating powers

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