I have spent a little time recently detailing some of the productivity hacks I use to manage my time between developing the business here and client work. I use a time proven productivity technique where I look at only six tasks per day and we are always looking at how to reduce wasted time and focus our efforts on the 20% of work that typically delivers 80% of the results. Still there is another important element to this picture which is clearly focusing on the task at hand.   The Pomodoro Technique   It's a peculiar name so let me quickly explain lest it...

In the agile project management, there is frequent mention of the 80/20 rule. This is the concept where 20% of the effort produces 80% of the value. This is not new thinking, and whilst I prefer the 80/20 moniker, the rule is also commonly known as the Pareto principle, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity. Fancy names aside, there is some really obvious common sense here - which is often the hardest to spot when you are right in the eye of the storm. Whether that storm is science, a business, software development, or some other...

There is a concept in lean manufacturing known as the Minimum Viable Product or MVP. The general idea here is that 80% of the value is in 20% of the work and that by building the leanest possible version of your idea you can test if there is value and this is something that people want. The idea has been used to great success by businesses like Zappos that tested the idea of folks buying shoes online by taking photos of shoes in a local store, posting them online, and then buying and selling them at the same price. Fast forward and Zappos...