I Discovered a Productivity Pattern

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My Past Experience

Be it get-rich-quick schemes or rapid-weight-loss solutions, the Internet is littered with a million improvement schemes. In my many years of attempting to improve productivity for my clients and myself, I’ve tried just about everything. Regardless if the post, podcast, or book is promising to do twice the work in half the time or that you can cram an entire work week into 4 hours, there is something out there for everyone. My first venture into this productivity-focused world was way back in the early 90s, when I watched this horrible movie titled Taking Care of Business, starring Jim Belushi and Charles Grodin. In the movie, an uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him. The movie is still horrible but the organizer idea seemed to work for me. Read More…

3 things you need to increase productivity

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What I Believe

If you want to increase productivity, I believe you need 3 key things. In a previous post,  I wrote you needed ritual and motivation.  After some reflection, I decided to update that.  First, create a system to ensure you are always getting stuff done, regardless if you’re motivated (though it helps). Second, create rituals to follow within the system.  Last, repeat those rituals until they become habits.

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Podcast Interview on Personal Kanban

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I recently spoke with Dave Prior to discuss Personal Kanban, the ways in which we’ve each used it to manage the work we have to do, and what it has taught us about ourselves and how we get things done professionally and personally.

Here are some links to people and things I mention in the podcast.

Personal Kanban – Book by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Berry
Jim Benson – Super insightful and nice guy
LeanKit – The digital tool to help manage my analog work and life
Pomodoro Time 1.1 – Keeps me focused 25 minutes at a time

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Agile Shopping List

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I was over at the AgileScout website and found a humorous post. The title was Agile Products for Sale – What’s Worth Buying.

Eric Laramée from Agile Partnership made a comment and got me thinking.  Why aren’t more retailers jumping on the bandwagon to offer “Agile” products?

What got us started was a listing on Amazon for a ($12.50) pack of 50 pack of Story Cards. Now, I’m not going to say anything bad about this product. I actually think it’s clever they are offering a product like this.  Those who have been doing Agile for more than one iteration probably have multiple packs of ($1.95) 100 pack 3×5 index cards sitting on their desks.

In no particular order, here is a list of “Agile” products I found on Amazon.  Yes, all of these links are going to an Amazon affiliate account.  I figured I would give it a try.

Agile Shopping List

Not on Amazon, are Mountain Goat Software planning poker cards.  What can I say, I love these cards.

So, what’s on your Agile shopping list?  Feel free to add a comment.

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