Avoiding The Shelf-ware Trap

Steven NgDesign, Random, SoftwareLeave a Comment

My Graveyard of Organizers How often have you bought something that was supposed to revolution some pain point that never came into fruition? I definitely have. My best worst example is personal organizers. Most of my life, I’ve wanted something to help me organize my life from a time management perspective. I’m no spring chicken, so let’s say I’ve been searching for such a … Read More

How To Avoid That Heavy Feeling With Weighted Tasks in Assign It To Me

Steven NgProductivity, Project ManagementLeave a Comment

Not All Tasks are Created Equal Let’s say you’re running a small project with 10 tasks, with each task requiring 1 hour of effort by a team member who charges $100/hour. As your project progresses, each task completed represents 10% of your project’s completion. At first glance, that makes sense. All of your tasks have the same amount of effort … Read More

Proof of Work

Steven NgCommunication, Productivity, Project ManagementLeave a Comment

Progress versus Proof In developing Assign It To Me, we had a lot of interesting discussions about the definition of “What am I working on?” In our previous life, the only way we got the answer to that was to either have your team send you a status report (which nobody liked to do) or to ask them. Both methods were … Read More

Boring, But It Works

Steven NgDesign, SoftwareLeave a Comment

Hot or Not If I surveyed a hundred people about how pretty our user interface is, I would bet that about half would say “meh”. And that’s OK. Assign It To Me is boring, but it works. First off, beauty is subjective. Beauty can help sell, but beauty won’t keep customers around. If it did, enterprise software in general would … Read More

Wheels, Mousetraps and Other Clichés

Steven NgProject Management, SoftwareLeave a Comment

It’s A Matter of Perspective In just about every possible discipline, “reinventing the wheel” is considered a wasteful use of time and effort. To coin another cliché, what you really want to do is “build a better mouse trap”. The problem, however, is that those two clichés describe the same activity. A lot of people who are criticized for reinventing the … Read More