If your company is like the typical digital agency or software shop, you've got deadlines slapped on every bit of work in the entire organization as a way to get your people to deliver work quickly. If you're honest with yourself, you know that your people will miss their deadlines on plenty—if not most—of the work they do. And while you might crack the whip and fuss about it, you know deep down that it's expected. You're…
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Is Your Team Feeling Scattered and Unfocused?

Not everything needs attention right this minute
In the world of design and development, your team's getting a lot thrown at it. It's true if you're running a software shop responsible for churning out a single product, and it's especially problematic for digital agencies with multiple clients. But when everything's an emergency, nothing is. We need a better way of keeping on top of all those demands and knowing which ones we should focus on right now. I've been through the ringer with project…
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My first foray into entrepreneurship was surprisingly successful. At least it started that way. My business partner and I hung our shingle as Hearsay in 2008 (now Hearsay Interactive), and we quickly began scheduling one project after another, making enough to live on almost immediately. And it felt really good for a while. The problem came when a huge flat-rate project dragged on four months longer than expected and we had no margins—in terms of time or money—to absorb the blow. When the…
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