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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Gas Price Math -- The usual rational analysis from Glen Alleman at Herding Cats.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Great Infographics -- A visual analysis of the Dem primaries from the NY Times. Not meant to be a political post - just an example of an interesting presentation of data.

[via 37Signals]

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Technical Debt -- An interesting concept for keeping track of loose ends. From Make technical debt explicit:
"Technical debt will occur in your project, whether it is agile, 'water-falled', incremental or what not. Don't ignore it"
[via Johanna]

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Do more by doing less -- A few years back, I wrote about one strategy for dealing with to-do lists...
Back when I was Director of Industrial Engineering at Nabisco's Planters-Lifesavers Division, one of my duties was to deal with the wide range of stuff that my boss (the VP of Operations) kept throwing in my direction to research, review, or report back to him on. Recognizing that he was about as curious and inquisitive and attention challenged as myself, I quickly realized that not everything he passed along to me was really top priority. Rather than go back to him and ask "What don't you want me to do?," I often found myself using my judgment to simply prune my to-do list without action. I rationalized this with the theory that if really was important, he would bring it up again. I never really got burned by doing this, so I guess my judgment was good enough.
Today, Lifehacker recommends a similar approach to Jump-Start a Dead Action List by Eliminating Legacies.

Things change. So should your plans.

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