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The Final 20 Percent

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Learn how to improve your craftsmanship in your web development workflows using deep practice, automation, and systems.

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The Final 20 Percent

  1. 1. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 THE FINAL 20% Improving Craftsmanship in Web Development WordCamp Boston 2015
  2. 2. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 GREAT COFFEE
  3. 3. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 CRAFTSMANSHIP
  4. 4. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 MISTAKES
  5. 5. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 DEEP PRACTICE Turning mistakes into skills
  6. 6. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 ENGAGE IN DEEP PRACTICE 1. Try something that is slightly beyond your comfort zone 2. Slowly struggle through learning the new technique 3. Repeat until you can do it correctly over and over
  7. 7. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 SWITCHING TO SASS
  8. 8. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 EFFICIENCY
  9. 9. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 VILFREDO PARETO 20% of people had 80% of the wealh
  10. 10. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PRINCIPLE OF LEAST EFFORT 20% of the work completes 80% of the project
  11. 11. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79
  12. 12. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 80/20 & EFFORT 80% of the work you put into your last project was largely irrelevant
  13. 13. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 WHY CONTINUE TO SPEND 80% OF YOUR EFFORT ON THE 20% OF THE PROJECT THAT IS LARGELY IRRELEVANT?
  14. 14. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 WEAK > STRONG RESOURCES
  15. 15. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Folders
  16. 16. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Folders Trello
  17. 17. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Trello Deficiencies
  18. 18. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Basecamp
  19. 19. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 SITE DEVELOPMENT Working locally
  20. 20. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 EFFICIENCY & QUALITY • More time to focus on code quality • More time to problem solve • More time to learn new techniques
  21. 21. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 SITE DEVELOPMENT Version control and deployment
  22. 22. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 AUTOMATION & SYSTEMS Automation of menial tasks lets you focus on building, creating, and improving your skills.
  23. 23. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 HIRED FIRST EMPLOYEE Getting everything out of my head
  24. 24. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 PROCEDURES DOCUMENT A fancy word for “checklist”
  25. 25. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 GET IT ON PAPER • Eliminates guessing • Sets guidelines for what is expected • Greatly improves consistency between projects
  26. 26. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 HOW TO WRITE A PROCEDURE 1. Do the task as you normally would 2. For each step you complete, describe it in detail in a 1-2-3 step checklist. 3. Evaluate each step to see if it can be simplified or improved. 4. Experiment with different techniques 5. If you find an improvement, update the original working procedure.
  27. 27. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 THE FINAL 20%
  28. 28. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 NOT SIMPLE, BUT COMPLICATED
  29. 29. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 EXPERIMENTATION 1. Try something 2. See if it works 3. Repeat
  30. 30. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 FINAL 20% TO EASY 80%
  31. 31. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 LOW HANGING FRUIT Where in your workflow would an efficiency improvement make the most impact?
  32. 32. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 IDEAS TO GET STARTED
  33. 33. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 • Keep all notes and todos for a project in one place • Use code snippets • Develop locally • Use a starter theme or framework • Speed up your computer • Learn how to use your tools better • Create project templates with checklists • Learn keyboard shortcuts • Start using a CSS Preprocesser
  34. 34. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 RESOURCES • The Talent Code • Work the System • 80/20 Principle • The Ultimate Sales Machine
  35. 35. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 TOYOTA
  36. 36. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG, ASK WHY FIVE TIMES.
  37. 37. JEREMY GREEN @GREENHORNET79 THANKS! Jeremy Green @greenhornet79 www.endocreative.com

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