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How much time and effort should be spent on intake, on inbound messages, on absorbing data … and how much time and effort should be invested in output, in creating something new?

That’s the interesting question asked by Seth in his Seths Blog: In and out.

The answer? Make your guess and the check the original post!


Being a Premium Membership Subscriber (from the very beginning) of Manager Tools, I’ve the privilege of receiving a regular email from Mark called “Things I think I think”: as usual another very good piece of value from Manager Tools tools (if you don’t know them, go and listen to the HUGE AMOUNT of free content and then apply for the Premium Membership).

In the last one, before Christmas 2010, there was this recommendation I couldn’t agree more:

I don’t really recommend New Year’s resolutions, but if you like them, two suggestions:

  1. Just one
  2. Physical fitness

The ancient latins used to say “mens sana in corpore sano” and it’s something you really understand when you get 40: you cannot imagine how your performance (however you define it: playing with your son, making business, staying with your family, working hard …) is affected by your physical shape.

So, if you are not yet in your 40, don’t wait: start now (no matter the New Year’s Resolution 🙂 )!


In my las post Pairing can be Unconsciously Powerful, I commented an article (Research shows that two people can learn to cooperate intuitively, but larger groups need to communicate) and explained how …

working in pair you can create what’s called rapport: one of the most important features or characteristics of subconscious communication. It is commonality of perspective: being “in sync” with, or being “on the same wavelength” as the person with whom you are talking. This goes beyond written rules or pre-set methods. As the sync is at the unconscious level, pairing can be unconsciously powerful

Now is this rapport what you really want when, for example, you are pairing in a pair programming session? Yes and no

Yes: if this means establishing a trustful and proactive relationship where the fight to achieve an excellent result takes place;

No: if this means not adding to the couple the necessary tension. This tension is the generative sparkle of the relationship. A good example of this deviation in the case of pair programming is what Francesco define with mamma programming where the two are looking for mutual protection and reciprocal approval.



Very good post on how checklists are used in surgery: Knoco stories: More on checklists and communication.

It’s interesting to see how much of the checklist deals with communication. 10 of the 14 checkboxes in the blue and green checklists  are about communicating and reviewing as a team.

Watch the video in the post and share your thoughts: I’m a fan of checklists, what about you?


Seth’s Blog: Cheating the clock

[…] The problem with using time as your lever for success is that it doesn’t scale very well. 20 hours a day at work is not twice as good as 18, and you certainly can’t go much beyond 24…

What would happen if you were prohibited from working more than five hours a day. What would you do? How would you use those five hours to become indispensable in a different way? […]

So … what would happen if you were prohibited from working more than five hours a day? Any idea?


Courtesy of Haiko, Some Rights Reserved

There are many decisions making techniques: most of the them are based on the decision making process. They teach you how to split, to partitionate, to analyze, to weight, to make bifurcation or things like that.

Few of them are not dealing with the most important ingredient of decision making that’s also one of the most widely diffused illness of our management: (lack of) attitude.

Making decisions is like any of our physical and intellectual skills (mind and body are the same stuff, right?): if you want to be good at it, if have to do it and then do it and then do it and then ….

So the best decision making technique is not a technique but a mantra you will repeat day after day, hour after hour starting from now: "decide early, decide small!", "decide early, decide small!", "decide early, decide small!" …


Wordle is toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.

I took all the tweets of the two days of BetterSoftware2010 #bsw2010, polished them a little bit, and then gave in input to Wordle.

The result is what you see in the picture.image

So what’s a Better Software made of? Except for the obvious terms (like ‘talk’ or ‘slides0) I read: team, agile, startup, fare (doing), persone (people), idea, essere (to be), cercare (to look for).

What do you read? What’s your “better software” made of?


Here are the first slides available from BetterSoftware2010 #bsw2010 (some are in italian). It seems everyone has read slide:ology and Presentation Zen 🙂 :

Francesco Cirillo – Dinamiche di team di sviluppo

Alberto Falossi – Crowdfunding (Prezi!!!!)

Luca Mascaro – UX design agile

Maurizio Delmonte – Come avviene Plone

Elvira Berlingieri – I nuovi modelli di business developer centered: un`analisi giuridica.

Giuliano Prati – Enterprise microblog per il Project Management

Omar Cafini – Sviluppare e vendere applicazioni per iPhone

Fabio Franzini – Sviluppare applicazioni mobile native in html e java script

Stefano Sanna – Application Store: opportunita’ e trappole

Luca Mearelli – WorseSoftware

Antonio Volpon – Recruitment2.0

(updated) Giordano Scalzo – Better Software Developers

(updated) Giovanni Intini – Agile tricks

(updated) Giacomo ‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni – Alcune lezioni che ho imparato negli ultimi due anni

(updated) Daniele Montagni, Davide Cerbo, Stefano Linguerri – Playing between the clouds

(update) Fabio Castronuovo – Management Agile e Improvvisazione Jazz

(update) Pietro Polsinelli – Una Homepage memorabile

(update) Roberto Cobianchi – Il project management degli avatar

(update) Leandro Agrò – Una storia di SW dai protocolli alla startup

(update) Salvatore Laisa – Augmented Reality e il web

A lot of good stuff!!!

If you know where to find other presentations from BetterSoftware2010, please let me know.


Sviluppare applicazioni mobile native in html e java script

I’ve just read a very interesting post by Ron Jeffries called Quality vs Speed? I Don’t Think So!.

Among others good ideas, I’ve been caught by this picture:

and this quote:

If slacking on quality makes us go faster, it is clear evidence that there is room to improve our ability to deliver quality rapidly.

GO, read the post and let me know what you think!


Thanks to the Lean Manufacturing Blog, Kaizen Articles and Advice | Gemba Panta Rei I’ve discoverd this interesting book: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Dr. Atul Gawande.

The Checklist Manifesto

The book is short, easy to read, filled with stories that open our eyes to the realities of how medicine is practiced in surgical theaters around the world. The book is also a personal journey from skepticism to belief, one that many of us leading or having gone through a lean transformation can relate closely to. The trip Dr. Gawande made to Boeing to learn from aviation checklist experts and how he subsequently applied this learning is also fascinating. The book gave me a new appreciation for how hard it can be to write a good checklist, as well as the importance of checklists as opportunities to communicate, rather than simply police and catch errors. Aside from being sold once again on the value of checklists and the urgency of spreading the practical message of lean to healthcare and other critical fields as soon as possible, the book left me with three gems which caused me to think.

If you want to make me a gift: I will accept this book 🙂


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