How the Productivity Myth is Killing Your Startup — about work — Medium

Great article on #productmanagement.

  • The myth of productivity: means you won’t complete the most important things because group parallelization will occur based on erroneous scoping and estimation.
  • The myth of productivity: means you will hemorrhage what precious output you have with reckless abandon into dozen of disconnected initiatives, pet projects, and low-priority tasks.
  • The myth of productivity: makes more external commitments than you can fulfill, introducing more urgency but no more value to your work, preventing new opportunities, and dooming medium-term projects to the murky unforgiving sea of “long term projects”.

Dealing with the myths:

  • My rule of thumb is to take a list of to-dos, cut it in half, and double the time estimate. Most of the time, it’s eerily on-point. Hey, you can always add more in. This is always less expensive than taking things out.

How the Productivity Myth is Killing Your Startup — about work — Medium.