Thoughts on being a life long learner

I went to the grocery store today to buy ribs for a cookout. I generally like to buy ribs with the back membrane peeled away so I don’t have to go through the effort of doing it while prepping.

I haven’t purchased ribs from this grocery store before so I ask the butcher.

“Do the ribs have the membrane still attached to the back of the ribs?”, I ask.

To which the butcher repiles, “I have no idea. People ask me that all the time and I don’t know what they are talking about.”

If you don’t know what the membrane is and customers continue to ask about it then it’s your job to find out.

It doesn’t matter what field you work in. The only way to consistently knock it out of the park is to be hungry for knowledge.

Oh, and for the curious, here’s the deal with the membrane.


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.


Top Floor – Buggy Highrise Client

I feel like I was ripped off with this application. In an ideal world I would have an integrated CRM system that would allow me to log all of my calls into a web based system so I can track when I last communicated with someone.

Highrise from 37signals is a pretty simple (both in usability and functionality) CRM. Top Floor is a client built to use the Highrise API. It’s a buggy mess. When I first purchased it, it was completely broken. The developer has since updated it however it still crashes way to much for my own good.