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Today we gonna talk about such possibility as clean and dirty hours. What’s that and what’s that thing for. Following it’s name you may guess that clean hours means something combined with an appropriate thing, something that has nothing superfluous. And you a right. Clean hours undermine itself to count just that time, which you really use while working on different type of tasks.
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Small companies and startups, often focused on their own ideas and achievements, don’t have any desire to study extra programs and tools. However, everyone is looking for the best option to develop projects and ways to increase productivity. As a rule, it is in the founder's interests to provide a joint work on a common idea, put everything in its place, and prevent spending time on "pseudo" work. This can be achieved with so-called issue trackers. Might say, that there are a lot of them right now, for any taste. You could find trackers with a huge amount of functions, as well as much simpler products with only several ones if you don’t want to waste your time learning how all of them work, or simply if you don’t need them.
Plan before you speak.
Every day we are in a hurry, every day our minds are filled with hundreds of thoughts. However, we don’t always pay attention to how powerful is what we think and speak about. A well-known fact is that your effectiveness increases significantly if you have already thought about those or other things. Indeed, everything begins with structuring in your head... Have you ever noticed that the result depends on how you have thought through your next actions, and how much time you have spent on analyzing and designing your further development? Brian Tracy said, "Remember that every minute spent on planning will save a few minutes of your work." Planning is actually a guarantee of the success of a modern person. A very important thing is to set the long-term and short-term goals.
Recently I was asked to write a letter of recommendation to a software developer in which there was a simple question that made me think hard. It was about the strongest quality of the candidate. Like, "name his best quality, and only one". Such a trivial question formulated a problem of the most important criterion of a developer.
The confrontation between managers and the rest of the team is a widespread phenomenon. It always has been, and hardly ever the situation will be changed in the nearest future. However, the problem is not that developers are all highly organized and autonomous enough to work without additional control. They usually are not. Moreover, right management does wonders even in a weak team. So, what’s the problem then? Why do so many managers not enjoy the favor of employees and show poor results when they have the best conditions to flourish?
Taking into account the novelty of capsule networks, it is not surprising that some researches still are questioning their value and ability to surpass more traditional approaches to image recognition. Despite the initial successes in this field, there is a lot of work ahead. Not to say about their application in areas other than computer vision. However, while skeptics are doubting, someone else is testing this in practice and is looking for new ways of development. Following in the footsteps of their predecessors, ConvNet, capsule networks may prove useful in two other fields: computer games and natural language processing (NLP).
We used to talk a lot about the future of project management and a place of artificial intelligence in the field. However, the fact is that the future is already here, and AI is a significant aspect of today's project management process. Technologies are advancing by leaps, and their impact on this area can not go unnoticed.
Teamwork is a separate kind of art. You hire the best talent, provide them with everything they ask, learn all existing models of team effectiveness to follow them in your company, but the work process is at a standstill anyway. Something is missing. There is no guarantee of success, as just knowledge of performance criteria alone doesn't do the trick and says nothing about the ways to achieve them. It is possible to get good results through live practices that can improve the effectiveness of teamwork and prevent frequent mistakes.
"Nothing works better than just improving your product" Joel Spolsky once said. And this rule works for most good projects. Everybody has to start somewhere. Just staying patient and making your product a little better every day gives you a good chance of success. However, not every idea deserves the right to exist and develop. And even with a promising concept, without clear understanding the direction of further development, market needs, the growth rate, having a good team and many other factors, the project is doomed to failure. According to the recent research, about 90% of new startups fail. At what point should we understand that something is going wrong?
A team is the key to the success of a company. Ideas, client base, experience, capital, connections - all this comes or leaves with time, so experienced investors are betting on the team firstly. Successful teams grow and develop in spite of changing market conditions, while ineffective collaboration can destroy any endeavor. But what makes a team successful? Scientists and psychologists have been looking for an answer to this question for many years, and now there are different models and approaches to determining teamwork effectiveness criteria.
Each company is interested in increasing profits, but not everyone can effectively use the available resources for this purpose. Often, in order to do more work and get better results, management prefers to allocate more time and employees, instead of increasing productivity of available ones. However, this approach is knowingly false for a number of reasons.
Among all the variety of project management and collaboration tools it can be difficult to choose one that will equally satisfy all team members. And, as a rule, nobody does it. Managers select some software without long disputes and discussions with developers – and all employees begin to use it with more or less productivity. Of course, they are guided by reasonable criteria, take into account the requirements of the workspace, projects, available budget, experience and recommendations of their colleagues and many other factors. But is this enough for the successful work of the whole team? What if we give our IT-specialists more freedom in choosing project management and collaboration tools? What advantages can we get and what problems can arise?
If several years ago remote work was a pipe dream for most employees, today more and more companies are leaning towards this approach. Development of technologies, companies growth, high level of competition and other market conditions not only provide us with more opportunities, but also dictate new requirements for company management. According to the last researches, remote teamwork is one of the most popular project management trends in 2018. And for that there are a number of reasons.
Everybody knows that people are naturally lazy, and programmers are doubly lazy. Taking into account the continuous development of technologies and improving the living standards, the situation is unlikely to change in the nearest future. And this's for the best. Lazy people are always looking for the easiest way to solve a problem, and no project manager or methodology will change their way of thinking.
New advances in technologies somehow affect all areas of human activity, and project management does not stand aside. In recent years, the role of managers has changed significantly due to the automation of part of their duties and changing the very process of development and teamwork. What is the future of project management and what should today's project managers expect and prepare for if they want to take full advantage of all the new achievements?
How much time per week do you usually spend on meetings? According to The Muse, they can take about 35 – 50% of manager's working hours. This would not be so offensive, if not the fact that most of them are ineffective and useless. And it doesn't matter whether it is a live conversation, a phone or video call, in any case, you're wasting your own time and reducing your team's performance, distracting them from their direct responsibilities. If earlier we have discussed how to stop wasting time in general, today we will focus on existing ways to avoid extra meetings.
According to the latest researches, in the next few years the process of project management in companies will change a lot. The main trends will be a wider use of analytics and Agile principles, a great impact of artificial intelligence, large-scale integration of various fields of activities and, of course, an increased number of remote teams. Today more and more people are working remotely, while the need for a structured way of task management and strict compliance with deadlines still remain in force. So, new approaches require certain changes in the whole company management and some rules which you should follow when organizing your teamwork not to become a victim of a failed experiment and common troubles related to remote working.