Successful Side Projects

Darren Torpey's Notes:

  • It helps to have someone or someones you care about who expect you to finish
    • Even mild, self-imposed social pressure can be very motivating!
  • Time-box the project so that you're encouraged to push on towards finishing before the project looses steam
  • Working in teams is great, but keep the team as small as possible
  • Also keep the project as short as possible
  • Problems with large teams and long projects
    • It's easy for team members to loose interest in a project.
    • The more people in the project, the more likely it is that someone will lose interest, thus harming the project greatly.
    • The longer the project, the more likely it is that someone will lose interest, including you!
    • So schedule and scale your project so that it will not overstay it's welcome, so to say.
  • Focus on activities that are not what you do at work!
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