Taskmaster

February 2014

Your smartphone is not a PC, so don’t write apps as if it is one

2:55PM | Friday, 28 February 2014 | By Taskmaster A smartphone is not a PC. Likewise, a tablet is not a PC. It should be blindingly obvious, but so many designers just don’t get it.

Don’t make claims you can’t deliver on – and hold the chilli!

2:56PM | Thursday, 27 February 2014 | By Taskmaster Many moons ago, your humble correspondent had a colleague who enjoyed making factually dubious claims. It ended in a very chilli predicament.

Get a life outside your business

2:00AM | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | By Taskmaster There are many hidden benefits to having a hobby outside work. However, especially in the early days, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on your start-up.

Why sprinting through your workload is less productive than you think

2:00AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | By Taskmaster Too many entrepreneurs push themselves to sprint to the point they burn out. However, if you want to avoid burnout, you need to look at another option.

Do your Best, for Pete’s sake…

2:47PM | Monday, 24 February 2014 | By Taskmaster Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a competent drummer named Pete. The problem was, when it came to drumming, he was no Sergeant Pepper.

In business, don’t play follow the leader

2:45PM | Friday, 21 February 2014 | By Taskmaster Of all the games you played as a child, the dullest was follow the leader. Here's why your start-up should leave this management style in the playground.

Where are you hiding the keys to your digital house?

2:30PM | Thursday, 20 February 2014 | By Taskmaster When it comes to online security and protecting intellectual property, one of the worst habits out there is a practice known by security experts as “security through obscurity”.

Consider setting up a crowdfunding site – inside your company

2:00AM | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | By Taskmaster IBM management recently introduced a crowdfunding site for projects within their company. It’s an idea you might be able to replicate on a smaller scale within your business.

The pitfalls of perfectionism

2:00AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | By Taskmaster Aiming for perfection is one thing. But as Old Taskmaster discovered, it does carry the risk of micromanaging your business to death.

A fortress of cybersecurity: What Kickstarter did right

2:28PM | Monday, 17 February 2014 | By Taskmaster It’s not too often that a company that gets its website hacked deserves credit. Here’s why Kickstarter is a notable exception.
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