The Daily Friction

A daily newsletter about automation and eliminating friction.

Hourly billing is a trap for your growth.

Hourly billing is a trap for your growth. As you sharpen skills, you work faster. More speed means less hours, resulting in lesser income πŸ’Έ. Fair? The better you are at your work, the lesser you earn. You can raise your hourly rate but that has a limit. Then you start...

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Safety thinking

Safety thinking It destroys a company. It destroys a government. Everything needs to be in a process. Everything needs to be approved. Everything needs to be accounted for. Having safety measurements for something that happens one in 10 years is stupid. Take some...

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Discover the secret to successful remote team bonding!

Discover the secret to successful remote team bonding! It's not daily stand-up meetings. Picture this: starting our week with a light, conversational meeting, where we swap tales from the weekend and lay out our plans for the week. It's team building done right,...

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❌ I removed AutoMapper…

❌ I removed AutoMapper... It was making my code more complex without reaping the benefits 🚫. Why? πŸ€” Low no. of entities to map in my codebase. I was defining all field mappings anyhow because I like explicit mappings. 🧩 So, it didn't solve a problem for me. But it...

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Stand-up meetings? A waste of time!

Stand-up meetings? A waste of time! Just to tell the PO what you did, are doing and are blocked by. Aren't there better ways? When communication in the team is good, teammates seek each other out in case of problems, then the daily stand-up is not useful anymore. If...

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The one thing

The one thing Transform your efficiency with one powerful action - working smarter, not harder. Leverage existing tools, delegate tasks, and automate processes. Just like a photographer uses the 'Golden Ratio' for the perfect shot, find your unique efficiency 'ratio'....

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Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) I thought that SOP's would be useless for a solo entrepreneur. A SOP is a set of detailed step-by-step instructions that describe how to carry out any given process. How wrong I was. They are enormously powerful, even for solo-ists....

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Scrum Sprints are relics of yesteryears.

Scrum Sprints are relics of yesteryears. Two-week blocks? They don't function in the today's high-paced world. Continuous delivery is our reality now. A feature is ready to be deployed as soon as it gets the green light from the product owner. No more waiting for a...

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MS Access is the original low-code / no-code tool.

MS Access is the original low-code / no-code tool. There I said it. It's not the flashiest, nor the newest. It doesn’t leverage AI or BI, and yes, it doesn't have a fancy cloud-based system. Yet it's a tool that, for decades, empowered professionals across industries...

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Inbox Zero in Outlook?

Inbox Zero in Outlook? I try this using these features in Outlook: 🚩 Mark as Action Flag the email and Archive it. Now they are in your Todo list app. πŸ“… Respond with Meeting Is the Action a meeting or needs to happen at a certain time? Add it to your calendar. You can...

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Can we Automate approvals?

Can we Automate approvals? Has the approved has some secret knowledge? Ofcourse not! Usually the approvers checks a couple of sources to validate, like the financial records and external sources like the Chamber of Commerce. This can be automated. Give the approver a...

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