Interesting idea from Werner Vogel on writing user stories,
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.
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’, http://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life/
Plan to read the book at earliest.
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.
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, http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html
* 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?
- It might be later than you think. Dont ever ever be late for meeting, specially if you are managing a team
- Take time off for Smart behavior
- Time out for day dreaming
- Master the art of milestoneing.
Ability to trust
Attention to results