planning for the “happy path”

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In product development, you often build a solution with a specific process and set of steps in mind. The user does X, Y, and Z, and that leads to outcome A. When that process is followed as expected and nothing goes wrong, it’s called the “happy path.” Usually, the team plans for the happy path first. But the more complex …

pacing

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I can’t stop thinking about this article talking about LeBron resting during games. If you don’t follow the NBA, all you really need to know is that LeBron plays more minutes on the court than just about anyone else. During the Cavs playoff run, he was spending almost zero time on the bench. How did he do it? James has …

I’m not busy

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At any given time, there’s something┬áI’m trying to either weed out of my behavior/mannerisms, or something I’m trying to incorporate. Right now, I’m focused on how I respond to the question, “How have you been?” or “What have you been up to?” I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “Good! Really busy.” Or something similar. Not only …

the art of receiving feedback

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Last week when Eric and I were about to launch our podcast, upside,┬áI told him to bundle up for “feedback winter.” This is something I’ve come to accept: when you put your baby out to the world, people are going to call your baby ugly. They don’t even mean to, but inevitably you’ll be deeply hurt by what is meant …

the three consequences of overcommitting

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Let me start by saying that I am very, very lucky. As time goes by and I put more work out into the world and meet more new people, I find myself being presented with more and more opportunity. And it’s hard to find yourself surrounded by opportunity! (Though I recognize that feeling surrounded by opportunity is a mindset, and …

opportunity cost is too painless

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If task or project management was Dungeons and Dragons, I would be a Grand Master. Right now, I’ve said “yes” to more things than I should have. I’m overcommitted, stretched thin, and really feeling the consequences. Being a Grand Master project manager, everything is moving forward. I haven’t dropped any balls, and seemingly everything is still going smoothly. But the …

important but not urgent

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The first time I understood the difference of something being important vs. urgent came from a piece from Seth Godin: You know you should be focusing on the long-term journey, on building out the facility, signing up new customers or finishing your dissertation. But instead, there’s a queue of urgent things, all justifiable, all requiring you and you alone to …