20% Thinking Mar 18

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? Of course you have, the idea that 80% of the benefit comes from 20% of the work. But you get it back to front.

  • To work on the easy thing, not the valuable thing.
  • To work on the first idea, rather than evaluate...

Hopes and Expectations Mar 6

When thinking of what will happen with your new project or initiative you may find that you end up producing an excessively positive assessment of the outcome. We're human beings, and so we're often pre-disposed to wanting the best out of any situation...

Mental Models Mar 6

Over the years, I've found a number of mental models and rules of thumb to be really useful in focusing my thinking. In this series I'll share the ones that I've found most valuable:

5 Tips For Using Lombok In Production May 28

I was reminded the other day about the excellent Project Lombok. If you're not familiar with this tool, it helps reduce boilerplate AND testing. You annotate your Java source code with some special annotations, and it generates code based for you....

Madrid Apr 17

Some notes from a recent holiday in Madrid.

We stayed at Room Mate Oscar. It was central, had a great roof bar (Ibiza style), but found it quite noisy at night (due to the roof bar).

We went to all the main places, the highlights were:

  • Retiro...

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