Because I need to tune my process I’m going to build a mini-product from scratch. First, some history. Once upon a time… just kidding.   So let’s begin. The core product, idea, “the why” or the “benefit” is the first thing that we need to figure out. That’s the need for the product, and the seed crystal that everything else gravitates around. You can get it from an instant flash, an organized idea pool or brainstorming session or you may even steal it (and make it better…Continue Reading “a mini-product from scratch – #1, the idea”

  I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Rudyard Kipling   What? In Prototyping the web API I started describing an idea to build a tool that can be used to try out/prototype web APIs before actually building a back-end implementation, helping a team to describe a clear and strict HTTP API, as well as allowing them to build and test client code without having written one…Continue Reading “Apis – The Web API builder”

Adopting the Pomodoro Technique

I’ve known about time-boxing and the Pomodoro Technique for a long time. I’ve even tried to implement it twice…. I didn’t succeed… so now I’m enforcing it. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia What the technique boils down to: Keep all tasks that have to be completed today in a To-Do list – I already do this so it’s zero cost Work in a 25 minute time-box (called a “pomodoro” – named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer 🙂 ) After each pomodoro take a short break After 4…Continue Reading “Adopting the Pomodoro Technique”

Every couple of years or so I feel the urge to change… to re-invent myself… to better myself. The urge has returned. So, as one of my first 2012 New Year’s resolution I’m starting this fully transparent, mind-boggling bazar that will record my attempts, successes and failures in hacking my life. This blog is actually my first life hack – an attempt in simplifying what I do and how I live. After thinking about it, I chose Blogger instead of my self-hosted WordPress, trying to eliminate any setups, configs and…Continue Reading “Let the hacking begin”