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Issue #171  (Flawed Engineering Productivity Metrics) 05/23/22

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I just discovered Japanese Organizing Consultant Marie Kondō, who is apparently well known in the efficiency and productivity space. Her specialties seem to be geared more towards home organization, but I think the principles you might pick up will be valuable anywhere.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Kondō has written four books on organization, has had two reality-TV Netflix series on the same topic, and has created her own method of organizing called the "KonMari method". Her Wikipedia page explains in part:

"Kondo advises to start the process of tidying up by 'quickly and completely' discarding whatever it is in the house that doesn't spark joy. Following this philosophy will acknowledge the usefulness of each belonging and help owners learn more about themselves, which will help them be able to more easily decide what to keep or discard."

The fact that she incorporates "joy" into the equation may seem somewhat superficial. But I don't think that's the case. And I think this is excellent advice in any field that requires organization and efficiency.

So definitely check out her books and possibly her Netflix series if you have access, as you may pick up some tips that will help you in a number of different areas in both your personal life and work.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Bio Link — Free service that provides a single URL to share all your social media and other relevant links.

Amie — A scheduler app that lets you use your calendar as a to-do list, where you can schedule appointments, track podcasts, and lots more.

Pulse — Slack plugin that automatically updates your Slack status in real time based on your preferences, level of focus, calendar, work hours, and the apps you use.

WeTask — A multi-featured project management app that allows you to assign tasks, report problems, plan events, communicate with team members, share files, automate tasks, and more.

Omni — An all-in-one Chrome extension that lets you manage tabs, bookmarks, your browser history, perform all sorts of actions, and more via a simple command interface.

Paste to Markdown — A simple online tool that converts any pasted rich text into valid equivalent markdown. Works really well from my testing.

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Articles & Resources

How To Feel Engaged at Work: A Software Engineer's Guide — Some suggestions for those who don't feel like they're doing anything satisfying or meaningful in their day-to-day tasks.

The ‘Flawed Five’ Engineering Productivity Metrics — The 5 metrics are: Commits, lines of code, pull request count, velocity points, and impact. You can immediately see why those can be weak ways to measure success or contributions. — A sort of antithesis to a similar resource I shared a few weeks ago, this one focused on startups that have made layoffs. Tracking begins in March of 2020.

🎧 How To Defend Your Attention and Find a Flow State — Podcast episode from the Stack Overflow team that explores how to break free from the grip of modern apps dedicated to stealing your attention.

Why Some Teams Boost Motivation While Others Totally Sap It — Interesting tidbit from this in-depth piece is the fact that in German, ‘team’ is an acronym for Toll, ein anderer macht’s, meaning ‘Great, someone else does it.’

Living on 24 Hours a Day — This is actually an article about a book with a similar title that was written in the early 1900s and is available to purchase or read online for free.

The Webcam, Reinvented — Taking 5+ calls a day? Lumina is a 4K studio-quality webcam that uses AI to make you look good.    sponsor  


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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