Category: management

Working backwards – Story writing

Interesting idea from Werner Vogel on writing user stories,


What to do when youve-angered

Abstract from the link below: Here’s a trick to make it easier. While they’re getting angry at you, imagine, instead, that they’re angry at someone else. Then react as you would in that situation. Probably you’d listen and let them know you see how angry they are.

HBR link,

Clayton – How will you measure your life

This question pops up once in a while, mostly when you are muddled up – have you ever thought about it when you were on a dance floor?

Have believed that it would be the happiness quotient of overall timespan, but is that it? How can you be always happy – faking it or really creating that environment? And your  environment is people around you. The ones closest (immediate family/spouse) to you do impact your daily happiness in most profound way, but it would be more constructive and worthwhile if you can extend your actions to bring the best out of extended network – community/society/subordinates.

This article sums it up very well,  ‘How will you measure your life’,

Plan to read the book at earliest.

Work from home before you go to office.

“The only published study of the way chief executives actually spend their day has been made in Sweden by Professor Sune Carlsson. For several months Carlsson and his associates clocked with a stop watch the working day of twelve leading Swedish industrialists. They noted the time spent on conversations, conferences, visits, telephone calls and so forth. They found that not one of the twelve executives was ever able to work uninterruptedly more than twenty minutes at a time—at least not in the office. Only at home was there some chance of concentration. And the only one of the twelve who did not make important, long-range decisions “off the cuff,” and sandwiched in between unimportant but long telephone calls and “crisis” problems, was the executive who worked at home every morning for an hour and a half before coming to the office.”

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Work for some time (an hour or two) before you reach office. Sounds wise to me. I am so consumed by emails and keeping pace and tracking with what others are doing, meetings – within team or other groups, not very productive.

Meetings & Distractions

Hated meetings when i had to develop something, you need a constructive longish time period to create something. Not all the time is very productive, but sparks of brilliance do fall out whenever you concentrate on a task. You need undisturbed time for day dreaming.

Quite amused at times that team doesnt really say no to meetings – may be they dont feel empowered enough to say no – which in itself dangerous.

Its not that one does not understand that taking interviews is so critical for developing a team but then writing code or designing application is an art which requires total concentration devoid of any distractions like meetings and interviews

One of the tasks which a manager should look into is to help team from outside distractions, that is what i expected my managers to do. Let me turn my creativity into the work i do, and you take care of the mess flying around

Here is another aspect – Makers Vs Managers meetings,


* Keep a larger chunk of time blocked when you are developing something – the makers time (block your calendar for it)

* Keep interviews post lunch or around other meeting times. All distractions to be answered in one go.

* Keep a day in a week when you would do bulk of things you call distractions (may not always work out)

* Block your calendar for day dreaming

* Block your calendar for learning – 2 hours a week?