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Priorities, progress, and other excuses

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Tapping a Pencil by Rennett Stowe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/2987926396It’s been quiet here.  Why?  I have a laundry list of excuses, but lots of it boils down to changes in our priorities and progress.

Priorities:  Since my job gives me the flexibility to work on lots of things, lately I’ve been concentrating on two of the things that are most important to our business as a whole: sales, and more sales.  Although I have some insights and funny anecdotes about my conversations (Q: “May I speak to Mona?” A: ”Last I heard, she choked on a chicken bone and died”), they’re not generally appropriate for this blog.

Progress:  As a whole, we’ve been concentrating on JobTracker, which means that there’s little or no change to what’s going on in the Skedsheet world.  This is frustrating to all of us, but at the end of the day, we need to spend a good chunk of our development effort on what brings us money.  This is the classic trap that  Clayton Christensen describes in the Innovator’s Dilemma.

We need to keep serving our existing customers, and we continue to bring them a higher level of service, but we’re possibly leaving ourselves open to competition from the “low end” – Skedsheet could provide a solution to companies like our customers who don’t see the value of our relatively “high end” products in the JobTracker family.

Writing on a daily or weekly basis takes focus and concentration.  When there’s not much progress to talk about, and your priorities are shifted temporarily, it’s hard to come up with good ideas on a regular basis.  Because of the priorities, it’s also hard enough to justify the time you need to spend to do it well.

Enough excuses…I’ve got a stack of half-written posts with ideas, so hopefully I’ll get back on the writing wagon.

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Written by Harry Hollander

September 30, 2009 at 6:33 am

Posted in Communication

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