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Ethical Anti-Design: The Road to No-Nonsense Productivity

25 Min Read

Nobody wants to be an asshole, right? That’s why in this article we’re digging into the principles of, wait for it, anti-asshole design (AAD). We also try to define “ethical design” and see how it can help teams and individuals get work done faster and smarter, with no fluff. 🤔 What Is Design Ethics & Ethical Design? “Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s…

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Simplify Team Productivity With Zen to Done (ZTD)

27 Min Read

“What is the best productivity system for my remote team?” Well, it depends on how much friction and how steep of a learning curve you can handle. If the answer is “as little as possible,” then Zen to Done (ZTD) is what you’re looking for. If you’ve ever tried David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD)—or any productivity framework for that matter—you know that implementing it takes time and dedication. That’s…

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Here’s Why Your Team Needs Collaborative Mind Mapping Software

29 Min Read

When Elon Musk says trees matter—and makes a $1 million #teamtrees donation to back that up—you listen. That’s why in today’s article, we’re taking another look at tree structures and all the cool benefits of collaborative mind mapping software. 💡 Before you start… Smart remote teams are always one step ahead of the competition. Don’t forget to check our other guides when you’re done here! 🌲 A Case For Hierarchical…

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A Primer on Remote Work Culture

18 Min Read

Nailing remote work culture is tricky. While every distributed team (including yours!) needs one, you can’t exactly tame it overnight. It takes time, good leadership, the right kind of people… What do you say we start from the beginning? Sourcing global talent is a walk in the park. With remote work finally in the mainstream, you can put together a fully distributed organization in a jiffy. But your managerial goals…

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The Startup Guide to Storytelling: Learn from Text-Based Adventure Games!

33 Min Read

“You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head. Or at least it would be if you could see it which you can’t.”(1) That whimsical description is the introduction to 1978 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HG2G), a text-based game rendition of Douglas Adam’s timeless classic. And it only gets better… In today’s article, we set out to (re)discover the fun of storytelling. And is there…

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Speed Up Team Execution With This Remote Decision-Making Framework

22 Min Read

Does making decisions at your remote team feel like a tug of war? Or is it more like The Council of Elrond with only a select few privy to the proceedings? The good news is remote decision-making doesn’t have to be that difficult (and slow). In today’s article, we’ll help you build a remote decision-making framework for your team. Oh, and we’ll also answer a few questions while doing so….

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Spot the Difference: Remote Project Manager vs. Product Manager

26 Min Read

What does it take to become a remote project manager? How to manage a distributed product team? The new remote reality calls for an overhaul of existing PM practices in both worlds. Here’s everything you need to know. 💡 Before you start… This guide is part of our series on remote team management, be sure to read other articles for more tips. 🌟 One App to Rule Them All: How…

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Team Productivity Guide: How to Build Faster Remote Teams

26 Min Read

Managing a (remote) team is like dashing through the dungeons in Crypt of the Necrodancer. Move, wait, attack, regroup… your team acts and reacts in a very distinct rhythm. The question is: “How to adjust that rhythm to increase team productivity?” Here’s the thing. Distributed teams—yours included— CAN be more effective than their co-located counterparts. They can plan, communicate, make decisions, and get work done faster and with less friction…

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Losing to Distractions? Boost Team Focus With Deep Work

19 Min Read

No cubicle can match the comfy vibes of getting work done at home. But is your home office your temple? Is it free from distractions and pesky diversions? If not, it’s time to brush up on your routine and embrace the power of deep work. ⚡️ In today’s article, we take a look at Cal Newport’s deep work philosophy. We also adopt some of its principles to capitalize on focus…

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Subtract the Distance With a Virtual Meeting Checklist

20 Min Read

Virtual meetings are the perfect case study for Murphy’s law. Anything that can go wrong—hardware/software problems, poor participation, constant distractions—will go wrong. That is unless you have our virtual meeting checklist to save the day. In today’s article, we tackle some of the most common remote meeting problems. We also suggest a handful of solutions that’ll make your virtual meetings much more digestible. 💡Before you start… This guide is part…

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Remote Work Burnout? Follow These 5 Simple Steps to Recover

18 Min Read

Have you always dreamed of working from home but now feel exhausted, dissatisfied, and isolated? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. While the shift to remote work has panned out for many, some telecommuters are still suffering from remote work burnout.  The COVID-19 pandemic has proved that remote work is the future of work. But it also showed that we need to adopt it gradually and with due preparations.  Technical hiccups,…

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Build Effective Remote Teams With Atomic Habits

19 Min Read

The remote paradigm shift has made many of the “old ways” of office culture obsolete. Whether you’re a work-from-home freelancer, distributed team member, or a manager, it’s time to build completely new remote habits and get things done in 2021. The good news is you don’t need ambitious goals or a spectacular 180 to become “the best you can be.” Instead, you should implement tiny, incremental changes that’ll put you…

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