To-do list nonsense

“I do not do to-do lists anymore … they only accumulate an infinite amount of items and that adds stress …” Manton Reece – Founder of I agree. I think to-do lists can create a false sense of security, or stress, or both.  Yes, writing things down is a necessary step to keep a … Read more

I cannot forget… or the Zeigarnik effect.

When I was a young teenager, I was quite engrossed with a sci-fi book. I was comfortable on the couch reading that book when my dad ‘summoned’ me to come with him to visit some distant acquaintance on the other side of town. I agreed with a good dose of teenager begrudging. I consoled myself … Read more

Fluid Kanban – May Update

Hi there, I have posted a set of short videos of the latest Alpha build of Fluid Kanban. You can find them here: As usual I have a (very) simple form for feedback. I appreciate your reactions; whatever they are. The feedback is anonymous (but you can choose to provide your email to setup … Read more

Fluid Kanban – April Update

Hi all, I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. With the current COVID-19 situation, I wondered when it will be a good time to provide a pre-launch update. The answer was clear. No time will be a good time. I must admit that too often I have found myself … Read more

Invest in the last 10%

Does this sound like nitpicking? Details matter! Simple, visible details that are regularly overlooked create a sort of background “cognitive grinding”. And be sure, this builds up a negative (often subconscious) emotional response from your customer towards your product. Once a customer told me: “if it does not look good on the outside, how can … Read more

A new “Greatest Generation”

I struggle writing a blog post in the middle of a planet level crisis. The truth is that a large part of me just wants to stay silent in reverence (and denial) for all the new, sudden suffering taking place in the world right now. When I think of all the different world catastrophes that … Read more

It is supposed to be hard

It is true, vision always runs ahead of execution. It is so easy to see what is inside our heads. But at 1:00 AM, I finish a day painstakingly laboring at what I think is possible, it feels that ever y t  h  i   n   g       t  a  k   e    s      f   o    r     e      v      e        r     … That’s fine. “It is supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do … Read more

Red pen, blue ink

Some years ago a business in our same building closed shop. They were a Title Company and they had lots of cool office supplies they let us take. Among fancy semi-transparent Post-It notes and other goodies I picked up a packet of red pens. “These will be great for red-marking contracts, resumes and things like … Read more

Delegate to yourself

The worst way to start my day is staring at blank page. Let me explain. After a productive day, it is very rewarding to shut down my workspace with a sense of accomplishment. I often recap what I did and make a point to savor the progress. And then I realized this is the worst … Read more