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Utah Code Camp 2015: Personal Productivity FTW

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Utah Code Camp 2015: Personal Productivity FTW

UtahCodeCamp

This Saturday, I will be speaking at Utah Code Camp, and no, I’m not talking about coding. (Because that would be bad for both the attendees and myself, I promise.)

What I am talking about is something that’s changed the way I get things done, both for my own work and business-related tasks, as well as tasks that relate to my personal and family life.

That’s why the title of this blog post says “Personal Productivity FTW” (i.e. For The Win), because this system will literally help you win AT LIFE. (Ok, maybe I’m a little excited about it, but you’ll see why when you come to the session.)

Over time, we humans have proven that we’ve got some real issues with buckling down and being (then staying) productive. Myself included. Oh yes, myself is so included.

Precisely for this reason, a lot of really smart people have created systems for getting things done (ahem) that I just have not been able to stick with.
(I’d like to say “stick with in the long term”, but I wasn’t even able to stick with them in the short term. Just keeping it real here. Also, I blame myself, not the systems, since I know there are people out there who are able to implement some of these successfully.)

A couple of years ago, I decided that if I was going to be training and teaching people on how to get stuff done effectively within their teams and organizations, then I’d better be able to replicate those results somewhere where productivity and effectiveness really hit home. That somewhere was – take a wild guess: at home.

Yes, I decided to “eat my own dog food”, and although I never thought I would say this, boy does it taste good.

If I couldn’t use the systems I was teaching to achieve productivity in my own work and life, and then extend that to the members of my household, then how could I ask people to pay me to help them achieve the same thing in their jobs?

If you’re coming to Code Camp tomorrow, join me as I walk you through my story, and then learn (in just a few minutes) how you can nail this system for yourself, and maybe even for your team (your family is totally considered part of your team, BTW). 

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part II

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part II

This is the second of a series of posts addressing questions that were submitted as part of the Lean Workshop series I conducted along with Cache Merrill at StartSLC on 1/30 and 1/31 - you can find the first post here.

Before jumping in to answer questions, I am excited to announce that Cache and I are conducting an extended, full-day workshop titled "Get Hands-On With Lean and Learn How to Drive Your Startup or Product" on March 6th, 2015!

We will be focusing on hands-on, thought-provoking activities, and we plan on having a special guest that will be announced soon! Register before 2/18 and get an earlybird discount - bring your team and learn how to achieve your goals together. 

Prioritization: StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series Part II: 

How do I prioritize effectively so that I am not wasting money and time while validating or building my product?

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How to Kill Your Organization's Wish List

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How to Kill Your Organization's Wish List

I bet your company or organization has a "wish list". 

I was recently working with a client who was burdened with the task of figuring out how to clean up her organization's "wish list", which had been growing for years.
After discussing how the wish list "worked" (i.e. it DIDN'T work for anyone), it was obvious that she needed a radical approach for going through and cleaning up the list. 

If you've ever been in her shoes, this post is for you.

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Business Agility: A Case Study in Forward-Thinking Businesses

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Business Agility: A Case Study in Forward-Thinking Businesses

In case you haven't seen it in action, the Ball Point Game is a game that allows participants hands-on practice with implementing agile values and principles. The picture above is one I took yesterday, while running an agility training for a team of leaders, managers, and overall impressive group of people yesterday. I can safely say that I've never seen a team organize and figure out a strategy , learn from their experiments, and improve as quickly as this group did. Kudos, team!

Why Businesses Need to Understand Agility

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Learning Organizations: In It To Win It

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Learning Organizations: In It To Win It

We live in a dynamic, sometimes overwhelming business environment.

Companies compete to be first-to-market, best-to-market, as dynamic as the market, and mostly, to keep up with the market.

Buying patterns are changing, customers want more faster, and technology trends are in and out like fashion. 

Now, more than ever, organizations must have a strong focus on purposeful learning in order to be successful. They must become learning organizations.

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Let's Solve the "We found an issue and can't deliver on time" Problem

You want to know about risk early on in your projects and product development.

You really don't want to be surprised with showstopper issues that show up as you near your launch date.

You mostly want to avoid losing money on project delays, costly fixes and workarounds, or even having to start from scratch.

So then why do you continue to face scenarios where the biggest risks, issues, dependencies, and even requirements frequently get pushed much later in your development cycle than they should?

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