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Projects, People, Promotions

‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’ Gustave Flaubert

Traditional project management uses a Waterfall approach from the construction industry where things have to happen in a certain order, as you can’t raise a roof without foundations or walls.

Engineering and software development has created flexible, Agile systems, where projects are developed in short cycles or ‘sprints’ with feedback and iterations throughout. Regular stand-up meetings are held with cross-disciplinary teams where everyone shares what they did, what they are working on and if there is anything blocking their progress.

Issues can be dealt with as soon as they occur, and testing and feedback happen at every stage of the process. Each member of the team is responsible for their own work so there is less need for meetings, reports and producers.

Excerpt from Chapter 5: Projects, People, Promotions

Image: Project 365 10 100110 Let’s Play Darts! CC-BY Pete

Space, Time, Money

‘Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.’ Ernest Hemingway

In the early days friends, fools and family are most likely to support you financially. Funding bodies are more likely to back someone with a proven track record and applying for grants can be costly.

First there is the time and administration needed to apply and wait for a decision. Then if you are successful, you will be expected to spend time on administration and governance and may be limited in how you can use the money.

It may be better to start small and bootstrap through sales, or try a crowdfunding campaign to test the market and validate your idea. The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin outlines how to start a business with a great idea and (almost) no money.

Excerpt from Chapter 5: Space, Time, Money

Image: Happy New Year 2013 CC_BY  Markus Grossalber