Tight Feedback Loops in Agile Management

The importance of feedback loops in agile management and development

I deal in technology a lot, so my monologue on the topic is technology-centric.

There are several feedback loops that are worth looking over. (1) The feedback from developer to manager; (2) the feedback from user to developer.

It’s worth noting that the closer/tighter the feedback loop is, the more value it brings. Being able to expose errors and omissions, from user back to the developer who actually fixes the problem – the faster it happens, the less time is wasted, the faster overall development takes place.

On Resilience and Achieving

Does it make sense to spend a decade of focus on something? When you don’t have success, how long do you try until pivoting?

Faith is a tool here. You use faith to achieve. The first success has to be bootstrapped, you kind of pull yourself out of nowhere into the success zone, and the belief that you’re actually able to do so plays a large part in that. You have to see other people’s successes and assume/believe that your own success is possible. This is the way I use faith.

Focus, effort, discipline, attention span – these are synonyms for me. I measure attention span in time segments, and I measure focus and effort in time as well. I can say, achieving such and such goal would take a two-year discipline stretch. College, for example, is a 4-year effort.

Some tasks are achievable in an hour. Some take several days. There are tasks that take months; and there are tasks that span entire careers and decades of time. What are the goals that you are looking to achieve in the next 100 years?

Major Personal Tools

Some of the tools that I continuously use and revise to achieve even better productivity

The Major tools, as opposed to Minor Personal Tools, require a greater time commitment to use.

The calendar

Very important. Mark off successful days on the calendar. Do not mark an unsuccessful day. Mark off tasks that were done on this day. I call list of done tasks sow (statement of work), although the term is actually misused here. (A statement of work outlines deliverables; since what I have succeeded in accomplishing on any day isn’t a deliverable,  maybe “sow” is a wrong word to describe it.)

Communication Channels

I am strict on what channels of communication are opened to whom. I use Slack extensively; for real-time business communication. Alerts are implemented in slack. I have multiple slack channels, one or more per project/client. My primary communication channel is email. I have three: business, personal and one more that’s a test/discard email.

Email is extremely important. Slack is important.

  • dropbox gives me continuous backup
  • boilerplate for dealing with HR: rejection letters, continuation letters, inquiry letters
  • accounting: basic accounting documents
  • the bezel on my watch, the pomodoro technique
  • on lying: being able to lie is important. Unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I should practice.
  • on travel: it clears my head, it’s what I live for, but it introduces panic. When I’m back, it takes forever to acclimate.

How to use tinder

Since recruiting and dating is so similar, I would like to discuss dating methodologies, with the intent of drawing correlations between them and the methodologies in recruitment.

tinder works okay sometimes, and not okay some other times. Tinder is in active development, so its being optimized for being a better tool for meeting people. Tinder subscription cost depends on where you sign up. Sign up for it while youre on vacation in Brasil, and it will cost you 10 times less than if you do it in usa.

tinder works well for gorgeous promiscuous women. An average guy in denver or san jose may be disadvantaged on the platform. Diminishing returns play a role here: top 1% attractive people get absolutely most of the action. So an average guy doesnt get any.

Tinder works great abroad, when traveling, for meeting local girls. That is how i use it. I do not use it in usa, its a waste of my time.

lets discuss the basic strategy for using tinder in usa for an average guy. Since its a waste of time, lets focus on speed optimization. Dont look at peoples pictures, that will only make you feel bad. Instead, swipe right like 20-30 times, without looking, and put the app away. If you match with an ugly chick or a trans, no worries, unmatch them. The idea is to just get the people who like you. Make them come to you, do not come to them. Tinder will say if there is anyone who likes you. If there is, swipe right until you find them. If there isnt, dont waste your time, go check reddit or whatever. Once you get a match, proceed.

say hello. Literally: hello! Dont waste your time thinking of an opening line. If she doesnt respond in 1 day, unmatch her. Dont waste your time. If she replies, pick one topic and talk about it. “What do you do for fun?” “What city are you in?” “How long have you lived in the area?” “The second pic is in Italy, i recognize the place!” – whatever. Talk about that briefly until youre bored, which is minimal time.

the next idea is to get a date as quickly as possible. Dont waste your time. After the 1st topic is done, assuming she replies, tell her “do you wanna grab coffee?” If you have a better date idea, all the better! Movie, museum, go-kart racing, any event you wanted to go to. Schedule the meeting, say “whats your phone number?” And be on your way to meet her.

this tutorial ends at the meeting step. If you meet her, thats a successful tinder interaction.

if she doesnt respond to your message for a day, unmatch her. This will unmatch 90% of the people, and that is fine. You can probably schedule a date within 24 hours of matching. If not – unmatch her, do not waste your time.

this strategy should occupy you for about 15-30min daily, and result in some dates. If not – abandon tinder. Use Coffee Meets Bagel, its a better daring app.

do not elaborate on your tinder profile! One sentnce description. One good picture. Thats all you need to match with people.