Pausing tasks

Managing team tasks with a simple routine is one of the ways to reduce their impact on creativity, but almost every team also needs to take breaks from that schedule. One such break is approaching now, when lots of companies and groups take a break for the holidays. During these…

Stronger teams through chaos

(This post first appeared on the Go Free Range blog.) At first glance, the idea of assigning tasks at random may seem a little crazy, and perhaps even a bit scary. Why would you even try it? To understand why, we need to look at some of the common, counter-productive…

Creating tasks with email

(This first appeared on the Go Free Range blog.) At Go Free Range we get plenty of email, and a good chunk of it, alas, isn't just delightful pictures of kittens. Things like: New project leads Questions from existing clients Reminders from our accountant Notices from HMRC Requests from our…

Using Harmonia with FreeAgent

At both Go Free Range and Exciting, we've been using FreeAgent's excellent accounting software for a number of years to keep tabs on our financial situation. We absolutely love it! It's a pleasure to use and has become an indispensable tool in the operation of our company. One very useful…

Delegated tasks aren't an anti-pattern

(Well, not all kinds of delegated tasks are.) This was originally posted on the Go Free Range blog. Our friend and occasional colleague Chris Parsons wrote a blog posted titled "Delegated tasks are a team anti-pattern" a few weeks ago that we found very interesting: How about we…