Industry Updates

Daily Report, Nov 18

Team Collaboration

  • Stikkit for Collaborative Post-It Notes … Stikkit, a web service, introduced its sticky note service. “As you type, Stikkit watches for appointments, to-dos, people, bookmarks and more, magically extracting and organizing the important details. It’s like having a personal assistant following along after you. Involve the people in your life. Work on a project with a colleague. Bridge the home/work divide with your spouse. Comment on a stikkit to start an ongoing discussion. People are interconnected — your organizer should be too.” You have to register for the free beta. stikkit
  • WSS v3.0 Available … Microsoft released Version 3.0 of Windows SharePoint Services. Requires Windows Server 2003. “Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.” WSS 3.0 includes numerous feature enhancements and additions over the current version. Microsoft
  • AccelOffice Todoz … AccelOffice released Todoz, a personal and group information manager. Includes online calendaring (private, group and shared), project management (with task assignments), shared document folders, remote (offsite) access, blogs and podcasting capabilities, and web site development. 30 day free test drive available, then a paid plan is required. Todoz

Productivity

  • Be Careful of Multi-Tasking … “I’m a multi-tasker, I reasoned, and I get plenty done — obviously, that statistic doesn’t apply to me. Over the years, though, I’ve learned that there are different types of multi-tasking. Flipping back and forth among related tasks, for example, can be fairly easy and often quite illuminating. Jumping from project management to creative tasks to accounting, on the other hand, tends to really slow me down.DIY Planner
  • Joel on Priority Setting in Software Development … Ways not to prioritize in shrinkwrapped software: (a) don’t build features for a single customer; and (b) don’t build features just because they’re “inevitable”. Ways to do so: (1) list out all the good ideas and call a meeting to do a rough pass of things to include; (2) once you have a rough pass, have everyone vote on what to include; (3) assign costs to proposed features; (4) give everyone a small bucket of money and ask how they’d spent it on the different features; and then (5) calculate a ranking. Joel on Software
  • Five Rules for an Empty Inbox … Keep an empty inbox (that is, turn all inputs into actions rather than letting them hover undefined in the Inbox for ever) … (1) if you don’t need to read it now, it shouldn’t be in your Inbox; (2) if you’ve already responded to it, it shouldn’t be in your Inbox; (3) if it comes from a known source, it should be labelled automatically; (4) only look at your inbox 2-3 times a day, not multiple times an hour; and (5) re-factor constantly and mercilessly. Download Squad

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