Now Available: 30 Days of Getting Results Free eBook

30 Days of Getting Results is a collection of little lessons you can use to improve your personal productivity and personal effectiveness.   It’s an off-line version of the 30 Days of Getting Results Boot Camp.     If you’ve already gone through the 30 Days of Getting Results, then this is a great way to refresh what…

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A Map for the Microsoft Application Development Platform

When you can speak the language, it’s easier to find your way around.   One of the key things I’ve learned at Microsoft is that I can find my way around the platform fast, *if* I know the language.   The language usually consists of scenarios or topics, features, and APIs. The toughest part is usually mapping…

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Pattern Templates

According to Christopher Alexander, "Each pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to that problem, in such a way that you can use this solution a million times over, without ever doing it the same way twice." I think the value…

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Monthly Planning with Agile Results

Trying to plan for a month can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have an approach.  I’m going to share with you a very simple way to plan your month.  It’s simple, but powerful.  You can use Agile Results as a way to simplify your monthly planning.  Agile Results is the system I talk…

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Simplified Site and Knowledge Base for Getting Results the Agile Way

OK, after testing multiple iterations against 7 competing designs, I’ve updated the Getting Results.com site and the Getting Results Knowledge Base.  It should now be a lot easier and friction-free to learn about the Agile Results Time Management System. Here are key changes: Simplified the Side Bar – a few vital choices, less words, less…

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Meaningful Work

Meaningful outcomes are the backbone of meaningful work. Meaningful outcomes help guide and shape your meaningful work. If you have a vision for the end in mind, then you have something to work towards. To figure out meaningful outcomes, you ask yourself what you want to accomplish.   Another simple way to do this is to…

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Friday Links 2011-11-11

From the Archives Avoiding Do-Overs – Testing Your Key Engineering Decisions – From what I’ve seen, the most important problem is failure to test and explore key engineering decisions.  By key engineering decisions, I mean the decisions that have cascading engineering impact. Why 30 Day Improvement Sprints – I get asked this often enough that…

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3 Keys to Agile Results

Agile Results is the name of the system I talk about in Getting Results the Agile Way.   It’s a simple time management system for meaningful results.  The focus is on meaningful results, not doing more things.  There are three keys to the Agile Results system: The Rule of Three Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection…

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Sticky Stuff–Information at Your Fingertips in Outlook 2010

This is a simple hack, but a powerful one.  I call it “Sticky Stuff.”  It puts information at your finger tips, such as To Do Lists, in a sticky way. Here’s what I do.  In Outlook 2010, I create a folder called “Sticky Stuff” and I add it to my “Favorites” short list: In that…

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Carve Out Time for What’s Important

This is one of the rules that has served me well, as a Program Manager at Microsoft:  Carve out time for what’s important. You don’t have time, you make time. If you don’t make time for what’s important, it doesn’t happen. This is where The Rule of Three helps. Are you spending the right amount…

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