14
Dec

Dealing with Lots of Email

I’ve written before about dealing with huge volumes of email, and my approach of looking at your email sideways to slice & dice it more appropriately. Since then, the various email clients and services available have improved a fair bit, making some of these things easier.

Bulk Processing

Mailstrom is great for when you have a bunch of stuff in your inbox and want to process it fast. It extends the sideways approach I talked about previously, also giving you options to unsubscribe from mailing lists (including many companies’ promotional emails), see only emails from people you have emailed, and categories of shopping and social. This in addition to being able to sort by subject, sender, time or size, as one would in a mail client.

Mailstrom also sends you emails giving you some insight into your inbox and how you’re handling it, which can be useful — sometimes an automated analysis actually makes you realise things you otherwise wouldn’t! The profile pages give you a (sometimes scary) look at how your inbox size / rate of email looks compared to others also using the service. I find mine quite worrisome.

It’s a service I happily pay for, and signing up via this Mailstrom link will get you $5 off if you’d like to try it.

Daily Upkeep

Day to day, I use Mailbox on my phone. I like that it has swipe gestures for archiving, deleting, filing (though annoyingly only in folders under Mailbox) and a snooze function. The snooze is the real killer feature IMHO — you can defer an email until tonight, tomorrow, the weekend, next week for for a month. You can also have it come back at a certain date, but I find I don’t use this much; I prefer to add things to calendar that are really for a specific date or time.

I’ve moved my @action, @readlater, @waitingfor, etc GTD folders to being under Mailbox, and swipe stuff into them when processing on my phone in a spare minute here and there.

Structured Gmail Inbox

The only issue with filing items away is that they can seem filed away. So the final piece of the puzzle, for me at least, was to structure my Gmail inbox so I couldn’t fail to see emails in my @action etc folders. I used this approach to customise my Gmail inbox and find it helps keeps the right things top of mind.

8
Dec

My Unicode & URLEncoding Hell

Struggling with a particularly nasty set of unicode & URL encoding bugs a couple of weeks back, I was reminded just how much I hate dealing with unicode and encodings.

Gave me an opportunity to brush up though, and to find a bunch of good resources I hadn’t seen before including:

And also to revisit some golden oldies & useful references:

Mostly posting as a reference for myself ;-)

10
Oct

Baking In Accessibility — Fronteers 2014

Thank you so much to the Fronteers Conf 2014 crew for inviting me to Amsterdam to speak about hacking people & process to make accessibility and other good practice intrinsic in how we work.

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6
Oct

Stealing Project Management Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

I was delighted to speak today at the Digital Project Management Summit 2014 in Austin, Texas. Below are my slides, and the links to the books and resources that I mentioned.

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5
Sep

Awesome People Management with Agile

As promised, here are my slides from my Agile on the Beach 2014 talk.

I also mentioned my Coaching & Mentoring talk which you can find here (including video kindly published by the Dare Mini folks).

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21
May

Stealing Management Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

Was delighted to speak at Thinking Digital 2014 in my adoptive UK hometown of Newcastle.

As promised here are my slides:

I also mentioned my Coaching & Mentoring talk which you can find here (including video kindly published by the Dare Mini folks).

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19
Apr

Creating Space for People to Be Awesome: Highland Fling Sessions

Today I was in Edinburgh speaking at Highland Fling: Sessions. It was a very enjoyable day, with a theme of “in the trenches”, i.e. how we get things done day-by-day.

My talk centred around people management and inclusion, on what people need to get & stay motivated in their work, and how to make our spaces more inclusive. The slides are embedded here or can be viewed directly on Slideshare.

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20
Jan

Stealing from Sports: Really Useful Coaching #DareConf Mini

Really enjoying Dare Mini — here are my slides from my talk on coaching earlier today. Thanks for all the great feedback so far!

The Dare Mini folks have posted the videos — you can view mine here and all the others here (please consider donating if you benefit from them).