Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Make IntelliJ highlight usages

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

By default, Eclipse highlights usage of a word, if you double click it. But IntelliJ IDEA can also do that.

Rapid Prototyping With a Piece of Wood

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

May I recommend Aza Raskins recent presentation on Rapid prototyping. He shares a lot of very insightful thoughts on how (and why) rapid prototyping is so important. Rapid Prototyping with Aza Raskin from Dan Braghis on Vimeo. Aza Raskin, creative lead at Firefox, shares some tips and tricks about rapid prototyping at the Mozilla Drumbeat […]

Lessons Learned from Pixar

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I took Jeff Atwodd’s advice and watched Ed Catmull of Pixar: “Keep your crises small”. A presentation about lessons learned from successes and crises at Pixar. A central quote: If you give a good idea to a mediocre group, they’ll screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a good group, they’ll fix […]

Great Quotes For The Agile Project Wall

Sunday, February 24th, 2008 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

At a recent internal Capgemini tradeshow, we had the pleasure of using some great quotes that really benefit working the way I like the best: Small agile teams where we can show and tell — make working software and prototypes very fast in close collaboration with clients. Mads and I decided to add a few […]

How I keep Informed Without My RSS Reader Killing Me

Friday, February 15th, 2008 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I got this question today from Lars Pind, who is a brilliant former developer now coaching other software developers: 6. Which blogs or websites do you read to keep up-to-date at work? And i realized that i have just had more than 6 months of RSS reader boycot (inspired by Peter Krantz). Until recently, my […]

Lean Software Development Video Mary Poppendieck

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Here are some great examples i jotted down when watching Mary Poppendieck’s presentation at Google: “Competing on the basis of speed“. See my notes below. Complexity kills speed: Windows 95 took 350 developers, Vista took 3500 developers Make sure your project anticipates change: 60-80% of all software is developed after first release to production Defer […]

Speed House Building Video, Teamwork and Collaboration

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

You may know this video, where American construction workers compete to build a house as fast as possible. Colleagues of mine showed this video at a 50-60 people workshop for inspiration to teamwork and collaboration. I was really amazed when I first saw this video. It seems chaotic but is of course well prepared down […]

Innovative — but hidden — Text Field Interaction

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

You might know this example. It works this way in Adobe Photoshop. Drag to adjust numberic value Mouseover the input box, hold down Cmd + drag left or right to increase / decrease. Hold down Cmd + Opt or Shift key and drag can change the value in decimal or 10 interval. This shortcut works […]

Powerful Text Editor Released

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

E-texteditor just got out of beta. I have actively contributed with improvement suggestions and error reports, as this editor has all needed features for rapid web devlopment, and has potential to become even better. I suggest you check out the inspiring screencast and perhaps buy a trial if you like it. More info: E-Texteditor website: […]

Say No as often as you say Yes

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I wanted to post this for a while. But it’s definitely worth a mention if you’re working with software development. Cameron Moll: 10 things I learned in 6 months (Nov, 2005): 6. Say ‘no’ as often as you say ‘yes’. […] Realize that every project you say ‘yes’ to inevitably locks up time that may […]

Photoshop Productivity Tip: Rounded Corners on Images

Friday, July 27th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I had to ask my old colleague and friend Michael Bernth for help today for a Photoshop tip. I wanted to round the corners of an image with the shape of a rounded rectangle. Here is an easy way (I’m using Photoshop CS1): Start with an image in a separate layer. Create a new set […]

Agile Tip: Use Assumptions To Keep Momentum

Monday, June 11th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Here is some agile methodology worth paying attention to, stating that even wrong decisions allow developers to keep momentum and push a project forward: > If we decide not to make any decisions we lose 10 times $822, for a total of $8,220 > per week. Let me say that again: blanket indecision loses $8,220 […]

Replacement for Standard Windows Console

Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

The standard windows command window (console) sucks for several usability reasons: Standard windows keyboard shortcuts don’t work. It’s not possible to copy/paste without using a special menu. This special menu is best accessible with the mouse (or a long range of shortcuts) Compare how it should be CTRL + V With how it is in […]

Debugging CSS: My Best Productivity Tip Ever

Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Firebug keeps surprising me. I’ve recently been working on code for several web designs and this little trick helped me to understand existing HTML and CSS much faster. Just to give an example I use our Justaddwater RSS feed page (but could be any page). Before you start, get Firebug for Firefox (if you haven’t […]

E-Texteditor For Windows

Saturday, April 28th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I have been looking a fast, intuitive editor for my Windows laptop. Now I stopped looking. E-texteditor for windows is very intuitive and easy to use. I highly recommend watching the screencast (a short tour of some of the best features). Although it’s still in beta, it seems so much better than the alternatives. I’m […]

Howto Create a Temporary Local Subversion Repository

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

UPDATE May 1st, 2007 (forgot the two final steps 8 and 9). I’ve run into the situation a couple of times where I get started on a client’s office, but due to delays and politics it takes time to get a proper versioning control server set up. It turned out to be easy when I […]