OmniFocus: GTD Deliciousness

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Omni Group has posted a demonstration video of their upcoming GTD (Getting Things Done) product OmniFocus. For those who are not familiar with the GTD methodology, it is based on a productivity book by David Allen called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and popularized by Merlin Mann over at 43 Folders. The basic goal is to get everything out of your head and into some trusted task management system so that you can stop stressing about it.

There are a bunch of systems out there based on this methodology, but this one looks like the right balance of organization, and not too much overhead. Hopefully it lives up to the promise and hype.

On Mistakes and Errors

Thursday, April 26, 2007

There was an interesting quote I read today in Michael Shermer’s Skeptic column in Scientific American this month.

This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For a wise man once said, “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors… We’re not going to have any search for scapegoats… the final responsibilities of any failure are mine, and mine alone.

Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Optimization

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

There is an interesting piece over at about the risks of premature optimization, which I think dovetails with what I was saying earlier about perfection being the enemy of good.

Perfect or Just Good

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I hear a great quote the other day. I think it cam from the guys who manage the Subversion project.

“Perfect is the enemy of Good”

It reminds me of the analog…

“Good execution is more important than a good plan”

I can’t tell you how many times I have been in groups that have argued endlessly about the very best course of action, only to have disagreement and division when it came time to execute.

Read the rest of this entry »