Don’t just double up your estimates, there is a more reliable approach

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Today, many a project is a suitable fit for the agile methodology. …

And how can we developers and creators get better at it?

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If there is one thing that we software developers are infamous for, it is our inability to estimate our work accurately.

The problem is so commonplace that many project managers consider it best practice to multiply developer estimates by a factor of two — at least.

Whether you are a…

Regardless of your business model, time will be a factor in your profitability — so optimize it!

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A couple of days ago, I talked to a friend of mine who is running a small website development agency. Despite COVID, 2020 had been an excellent year for business.

The only problem? They were charging by the hour, and they had maxed out their capacity.

So. In an attempt…

Organizations that foster a culture of openness will stand the best chance of outrunning their competition

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Milton Friedman used to say that nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.

The same phenomenon is commonly seen in the business world when it comes to defining processes and metrics. …

And, more importantly, how could it benefit your business?

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Picture this. You’re a small business owner running a digital advertising and promotion agency with 8 employees.

After a year of trying to make ends meet during the pandemic, the situation is — to say the least — strained.

Everyone is working hard and trying their best to keep the…

Optimal efficiency is futile if it doesn’t contribute to your goals

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“Work smarter, not harder” is a staple quote in the world of business and startup inspiration porn. At face value, I think we all can agree that this is nothing short of a solid piece of advice.

After all, getting more done with less effort or fewer resources is the…

And how you can do it too, if you set your mind to it.

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Picture this: you are attending a workshop. You are sitting in a room with twenty people, most of which you haven’t met before. The facilitator opens by saying,

“Before we get started, let’s go around the table and have everyone introduce themselves.”

After gazing around the room, in a way…

Boost your productivity by committing to writing things down

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If you want to be genuinely productive, you need to focus 100% on what you are doing. With tasks perceived as fun and interesting, that shouldn’t be too hard; since you enjoy doing them, the focus comes for free.

But if you need to deal with something you don’t feel…

On how good intentions can backfire and the dark side of Agile

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In the beginning, the Agile movement was mostly about a set of values and disciplines aiming to help software development teams to build small to mid-sized products. The focus was on craftsmanship, close customer collaboration, and to bridge the gap between developers and management.

The primary measure of success? Working…

What I would tell my younger self if I could travel back in time.

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So, you have decided to pursue that business idea you’ve been pondering for so long and build a SaaS. Good for you!

To develop your own software can be one of the most rewarding endeavors out there, especially when you get that initial traction and your first customers. …

Fredrik Holm

Founder of Flowmine: Helping and inspiring entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level.

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