[Ubuntu GNOME Team] Call For Help!

Alberto Salvia Novella es20490446e at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 13:58:30 UTC 2013

An extract of "Rework: Change the way you work forever" 


    *Throw less at the problem*

    Watch chef Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and you'll see a
    pattern. The
    menus at failing restaurants offer too many dishes. The owners think
    making every dish
    under the sun will broaden the appeal of the restaurant. Instead it
    makes for crappy food
    (and creates inventory headaches).

    That's why Ramsay's first step is nearly always to trim the menu,
    usually from
    thirty-plus dishes to around ten. Think about that. Improving the
    current menu doesn't
    come first. Trimming it down comes first. Then he polishes what's left.

    When things aren't working, the natural inclination is to throw more
    at the
    problem. More people, time, and money. All that ends up doing is
    making the problem
    bigger. The right way to go is the opposite direction: Cut back.

    So do less. Your project won't suffer nearly as much as you fear. In
    fact, there's agood chance
    it'll end up even better. You'll be forced to make tough calls and
    sort out
    what truly matters.
    If you start pushing back deadlines and increasing your budget,
    you'll never stop.

    *Embrace constraints*

    "I don't have enough time/money/people/experience." Stop whining.
    Less is a
    good thing. Constraints are advantages in disguise. Limited
    resources force you to make
    do with what you've got. There's no room for waste. And that forces
    you to be creative.
    Ever seen the weapons prisoners make out of soap or a spoon? They
    make do
    with what they've got. Now we're not saying you should go out and
    shank somebody--but
    get creative and you'll be amazed at what you can make with just a

    Writers use constraints to force creativity all the time.
    Shakespeare reveled in the
    limitations of sonnets (fourteen-line lyric poems in iambic
    pentameter with a specific
    rhyme scheme). Haiku and limericks also have strict rules that lead
    to creative results.
    Writers like Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Carver found that forcing
    themselves to
    use simple, clear language helped them deliver maximum impact.

    The Price Is Right, the longest-running game show in history, is
    also a great
    example of creativity born from embracing constraints. The show has
    more than a
    hundred games, and each one is based on the question "How much does
    this item cost?"
    That simple formula has attracted fans for more than thirty years.

    Southwest--unlike most other airlines, which fly multiple aircraft
    only Boeing 737s. As a result, every Southwest pilot, flight
    attendant, and ground-crew
    member can work any flight. Plus, all of Southwest's parts fit all
    of its planes. All that
    means lower costs and a business that's easier to run. They made it
    easy on themselves.
    When we were building Basecamp, we had plenty of limitations. We had
    a design
    firm to run with existing client work, a seven-hour time difference
    between principals
    (David was doing the programming in Denmark, the rest of us were in
    the States), a small
    team, and no outside funding. These constraints forced us to keep
    the product simple.

    These days, we have more resources and people, but we still force
    constraints. We
    make sure to have only one or two people working on a product at a
    time. And we always
    keep features to a minimum. Boxing ourselves in this way prevents us
    from creating
    bloated products.

    So before you sing the "not enough" blues, see how far you can get
    with what you

    *Start at the epicenter*

    When you start anything new, there are forces pulling you in a
    variety of
    directions. There's the stuff you could do, the stuff you want to
    do, and the stuff you have
    to do. The stuff you have to do is where you should begin. Start at
    the epicenter.

    For example, if you're opening a hot dog stand, you could worry
    about the
    condiments, the cart, the name, the decoration. But the first thing
    you should worry about
    is the hot dog. The hot dogs are the epicenter. Everything else is

    The way to find the epicenter is to ask yourself this question: "If
    I took this away,
    would what I'm selling still exist?" A hot dog stand isn't a hot dog
    stand without the hot
    dogs. You can take away the onions, the relish, the mustard, etc.
    Some people may notlike
    your toppings-less dogs, but you'd still have a hot dog stand. But
    you simply cannot
    have a hot dog stand without any hot dogs.

    So figure out your epicenter. Which part of your equation can't be
    removed? If
    you can continue to get by without this thing or that thing, then
    those things aren't the
    epicenter. When you find it, you'll know. Then focus all your energy
    on making it the
    best it can be. Everything else you do depends on that foundation.

    *Build half a product, not a half-assed product*

    You can turn a bunch of great ideas into a crappy product real fast
    by trying to do
    them all at once. You just can't do everything you want to do and do
    it well. You have
    limited time, resources, ability, and focus. It's hard enough to do
    one thing right. Trying
    to do ten things well at the same time? Forget about it.

    So sacrifice some of your darlings for the greater good. Cut your
    ambition in half.
    You're better off with a kick-ass half than a half-assed whole.

    Most of your great ideas won't seem all that great once you get some
    anyway. And if they truly are that fantastic, you can always do them

    Lots of things get better as they get shorter. Directors cut good
    scenes to make a
    great movie. Musicians drop good tracks to make a great album.
    Writers eliminate good
    pages to make a great book. We cut this book in half between the
    next-to-last and finaldrafts.
     From 57,000 words to about 27,000 words. Trust us, it's better for it.

    So start chopping. Getting to great starts by cutting out stuff
    that's merely good.

    *Focus on what won't change*

    A lot of companies focus on the next big thing. They latch on to
    what's hot and
    new. They follow the latest trends and technology.

    That's a fool's path. You start focusing on fashion instead of
    substance. You start
    paying attention to things that are constantly changing instead of
    things that last.

    The core of your business should be built around things that won't
    change. Things
    that people are going to want today and ten years from now. Those
    are the things you
    should invest in.

    Amazon.com focuses on fast (or free) shipping, great selection,
    friendly returnpolicies,
    and affordable prices. These things will always be in high demand.

    Japanese automakers also focus on core principles that don't change:
    affordability, and practicality. People wanted those things thirty
    years ago, they want
    them today, and they'll want them thirty years from now.

    For 37signals, things like speed, simplicity, ease of use, and
    clarity are our focus.

    Those are timeless desires. People aren't going to wake up in ten
    years and say, "Man, I
    wish software was harder to use." They won't say, "I wish this
    application was slower."

    Remember, fashion fades away. When you focus on permanent features,
    you're in
    bed with things that never go out of style.

If you found this interesting, perhaps you shall want to have a look at 
the book.

Thank you.

El 31/10/13 13:53, Ali Linx (amjjawad) escribió:
> Hi,
> Help is needed and highly appreciated :)
> Thanks!
> *---------- Forwarded message ----------*
> From: Ali Linx (amjjawad) <amjjawad at gmail.com <mailto:amjjawad at gmail.com>>
> Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM
> *Subject: [ATTENTION] LTS Release - Urgent Need for More People*
> To: ubuntu-gnome <ubuntu-gnome at lists.ubuntu.com 
> <mailto:ubuntu-gnome at lists.ubuntu.com>>
> Hello Everyone,
> As you may know, 14.04 Cycle is an LTS (Long Term Support) Cycle. 
> Having that said, Ubuntu and most of the official flavours will have 
> LTS Release. For the moment, the lack of Manpower could keep us away 
> from having an LTS Release. However, after a discussion with our 
> Developers, we'd like to announce the urgent need for these roles:
> 1- Someone with Bug Control to 'Actively Commit' to triaging Ubuntu 
> GNOME bugs.
> 2- Couple of people helping out with 'Bug Fixing'.
> 3- People to help with 'Packaging' on the PPA's
> PLEASE NOTE: We are looking for people with experience and skills! We 
> NEED people to commit for 3-5 years support and not just join for few 
> months then leave.
> NO PROMISES to be made but we would be comfortable enough to submit an 
> application to the Technical Board in order to have an LTS Release 
> when we will have volunteers who can actively contribute and help us.
> If you have the required experience and skills or if you know someone 
> who has, please let us know :)
> Thank you!
> *Please, FEEL FREE to share this email and spread the word.
> *
> -- 
> Remember: "All of us are smarter than any one of us."
> Best Regards,
> amjjawad <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/amjjawad>
> Areas of Involvement <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/amjjawad/AreasOfInvolvement>
> My Projects <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/amjjawad/Projects>

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