13 Mar

Marco.org – Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps

The iPad isn’t really a great “office productivity” device, in the traditional PC sense. It can be used that way in some cases, but it’s rarely the best tool for the job.

It seems that Apple has discontinued the Keyboard Dock with the launch of the iPad 2, which confirms that they saw it as a temporary hack, too. And rather than issue a huge update to the iWork productivity apps, they branched out into different uses with iMovie and Garage Band, and beefed up the graphics processor more than any other upgrade to strongly benefit games.

I don’t think this was their plan from the start — I think Apple didn’t know any better than we did, a year ago, whether the iPad was going to end up as a productivity device in practice. They probably thought, like we did, that it would replace laptops a lot more often.

Apple is now adapting to the market’s actual use by retreating somewhat from office productivity and pushing strongly into new territory — casual media creation — to see if that gets a stronger uptake in practice. I think it will be a lot more interesting than office productivity, but there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done in iOS to make it practical (especially regarding file transfers with computers).

via Marco.org – Moving on from iPad “office productivity” apps. This makes a fair amount of sense and explains why I’m still not that interested in the iPad personally, casual media creation isn’t interesting to me.

28 Jan

Why houses? – Developer Town Blog

It's one of the first things a visitor to our office notices. It's one of the reasons we call our company a Town. Standing there in the middle of the office, surrounded by desks, chairs, printers, filing cabinets, all the trappings of the typical modern workspace, is a house.

via Developer Town – Developer Town Blog – Why houses?. As I said on Twitter, I so want to work out a mini-house now.

Flickr photo from tinyfroglet

24 Jan

A Little Less Conversation – Inc.

When you started your company, you probably did a great job of communicating. Everybody told one another everything. And your customers loved it, because when they called in to ask about their purchase order, everybody knew where it was. But as you get bigger, you can't keep telling everybody about every purchase order, so you have to invent specific communications systems so that exactly the right people find out and nobody else. Not because it's confidential. Because it's a waste of time.

via A Little Less Conversation. Joel Spolsky once again telling companies the right way to grow.

07 Dec

Let’s Talk About Meetings

Meetings how about you and I talk. Why are there so many of you, why do they so often turn into present and inform sessions when they should be plan and decide. Why is it so easy to schedule one of you, 30 seconds of work and an hour of 5 people’s time is gone like that. Their productivity for the afternoon too is shot.

My new plan for meetings is pretty simple:

  1. Monday: Management, departmental and office/company wide meetings
  2. Tuesday: Client and vendor meetings
  3. Wednesday: Project meetings
  4. Thursday: Different client and vendor meetings than Tuesday
  5. Friday: no meetings of any sort, no matter what

That’s it no meetings outside of this schedule if you need to talk about something, wait a week, plan your future meetings better, discuss more over email or Basecamp or something, stop killing my productivity by having meetings.

Exceptions: informal discussions (hey let’s talk about what x looks like for 5 minutes) sure go ahead and have them whenever and wherever, formal/private meetings (firings/company closing/discipline) again do those as needed, everything else don’t do it. If you find yourself emailing a group of people and finding a time and place to discuss something it’s a meeting – pick the right day and wait till then.

The two biggest creators of useless meetings, presenting information when it could be more accurately and economically done in another fashion (video/email/phone/etc) and having people there who aren’t part of the core discussion.

Meetings in the word of Stephen Colbert “You’re on notice!”

Meetings On Notice

Meetings On Notice