Using Live.com for RSS

Here’s a quick set of steps for using Live.com (http://www.Live.com) as your RSS reader.  What I like about it is that I can log in to it from anywhere.  What I like most is that I can create multiple pages to organize my feeds.  This let’s me focus my information. Here’s the steps for creating…

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Echo It Back To Me

Do people understand what you need from them?  Do people get your point?  A quick way to check is to say, “echo it back to me.”  Variations might include: Tell me what you heard so far to make sure we’re all on the same page … I want to make sure I’ve communicated properly, spit…

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Analyzing a Problem Space

How do you learn a problem space?  I’ve had to chunk up problem spaces to give advice for the last several years, so I’ve refined my approach over time.  In fact, When I find myself churning or don’t have the best answers, I usually find that I’ve missed an important step. Problem Domain Analysis What…

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Catalysts and Drains

This is a follow up to my post, Manage Energy, Not Time.  A few folks have asked me how I figure out energy drains and catalysts. For me, clarity came when I broke it down into: Tasks People On the task side …This hit home for me when one of the instructors gave some example scenarios: You…

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Manage Energy, Not Time

Manage energy, not time, to get more things done …  This concept really resonates with me.  I also like it because it can be counter intuitive or non-obvious. One way to try and get more things done is to, jam more in your schedule.  Yuck!  Unfortunately, that’s a fairly common practice. I actually have lots…

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Strategic Stories

I’m realizing more and more how stories help you drive a point home.  It’s one thing to make a point, it’s another for your story to make the point for you.  If your ideas aren’t sticking, or you’re not getting buy in, maybe a compelling story is the answer.  Crafting useful stories is an art,…

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Time-boxes, Rhythm, and Incremental Value

Note: This article is updated at 3 Keys to Agile Project Success: Timeboxing, Rhythm, and Results. Today I had some interesting conversations with Loren Kohnfelder. Every now and then Loren and I play catch up. Loren is former Microsoft. If you don’t know Loren, he designed the CLR security model and IE security zones. He created…

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