Software Advice’s BAE Principles

3 Comments 🕔09:53, 26.Sep 2013

Recently, Software Advice wrote on their Bad-Ass Execution Principles — a modern take on the classic guide to organization by David Allen, Getting Things Done.

They’ve taken a proactive approach to prioritization and organization and have updated the principles to reflect the use of web-based applications like Basecamp, Gmail and Google Calendar.

Getting Stuff Done

Around the office, Software Advice uses a more colloquial expression, but you get the gist of it.

  • Write it down. If you want to remember something, get it out of your head and write it down. In order to stay organized, you need a central location where you document everything. Software Advice uses a web-based project management application called Basecamp.
  • Focus on next steps. It can be overwhelming when you’re granted a big project with a lot of moving parts. Break up these projects into chunks that you can manage and focus on your action items and next steps.
  • Deliver value ASAP. Especially with a large project, try to deliver something of value right away. This allows you to get feedback and ensure that you are on the right track.
  • Gain momentum with quick wins. Accomplishing something positive right off the bat builds trust and authority for you and your team. This will help your project gain momentum and set expectations.
  • Google exists! The idea is that while you want employees to feel comfortable asking questions, it is a more valuable use of a manager’s time to reserve questions for things that aren’t easily Googled. Looking for answers on your own also builds problem-solving skills and shows initiative.

How To Implement

  • Create a “Projects” list. You can use good old-fashioned paper, or notes on your iPhone, or any number of web-based applications. Just get all of your projects down in one place.
  • Create a “Next Actions” list. This is a list of all of your next steps, including emails you need to send, meetings to prepare for and people to call.
  • Create a “Waiting For” list. Make a list that keeps track of what you are waiting on from others, in addition to your personal task list. This determines if and when you need to follow-up.
  • Clean your inbox. Don’t just let your email accumulate. Keep your inbox clean. If the email isn’t actionable, archive it! Add any emails you need to act on to your “Next Actions” list.
  • Use your calendar. Time-specific and day-specific actions, appointments and deadlines need to be added to your calendar. Track everything and sign up for notifications on your calendar when the required action is coming up.
  • Review daily. Check your calendar and lists every day. Make sure you’ve updated all of your projects and marked off any tasks or projects you’ve completed. 

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  2. 🕔 18:30, 03.Nov 2015

    Leslie C. Bryant

    Thanks for great advices.

  3. 🕔 4:17, 19.Dec 2015

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