16 Nov 2019

RFC

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  • Keep all RFCs under a single location
  • Uniquely identify RFCs
  • Use a shared template
    • Editor: Name <email>
    • Status: Draft/Review/Approved/Abandoned/Implemented
    • Required approvers: Name <email> (why), Name <email> (why), ...
    • Approvers: Name <email> (date), Name <email> (date), ...
    • Created on: <date>
    • Updated on: <date>
    • Background
    • Problem
    • Solution
    • References: Documents/URLs that can be useful to consult
  • If a RFC is abandoned, the reasons why should be made explicit in the document

05 Oct 2019

Investing

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Note that most of the process is guided by a long term investment strategy. In other words, we expect to keep the assets we purchase for as long as possible, only selling to rebalance our portfolio.

  • Do not put all your eggs in one basket (stock), diversify.
  • Use indexes to determine which stocks to buy.
  • Start small (10% of what you want to invest in total) and do not invest everything at once, learn from your mistakes.
  • Do not sell when your stock drops, as it will drop in value at some point while you're holding it
  • When you start, there will be a period of time where some of your stocks value will go into the negative. Ignore it and wait a few months before deciding whether to part from it or not.
  • Pick stocks with good $R^2$ score and positive slope.
    • The idea here is that we want to invest in stocks which have shown to be highly predictable in the past, while also displaying linear growth (as such, this is not a useful indicator for stocks which have explosive growth).
  • Invest some percentage of the portfolio in stocks which provide regular dividends, this is to replace holding "high yield" saving accounts.
    • Opt to invest in REIT, which will offer monthly dividends as well as attractive growth in their value while you hold them.
  • If you want to keep things simple for yourself, buy ETFs.
    • VFV.TO is an ETF that tracks the S&P 500 in CAD and has a low expense ratio.
  • Compare your portfolio's performance against indexes.
    • If you perform more poorly than indexes over 6 months/1 year, sell the stocks you have and buy the index you compare against.
13 Jun 2019

Meetings

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  • Write/prepare an agenda listing the items to be discussed
  • Indicate the duration of each item

  • Present the agenda
  • Designate a person that will make sure that the agenda is respected

  • Determine next actions
  • Assign responsibles for each next action

  • Create tasks in a task tracking system for the next actions

  • In the case where a recurrent meeting needs to be scheduled at a different time than usual, specify in the body of the message the reason of the change.
25 May 2019

Writing bug tickets

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  • Summary
  • Software version
  • Reproducible in latest version?
  • Environment details: compiler/interpreter, operating system, etc.
  • Steps to reproduce
  • Expected results
  • Actual results
  • Screen capture (if relevant)

25 May 2019

Task management

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  • Give it a title
  • Give it at least one label
  • Give it an assignee
  • Decide if it's important or not
  • Decide if it's urgent or not
  • Estimate the effort required to accomplish the task (in hours)
  • Estimate the value the task brings (in $)
  • Give a rough estimate of effort
  • Give a description if necessary
  • Set a deadline if possible
  • Set status to Unprioritized

Task creation

Task states

  • Go through the tasks in the Do section, then the Decide section, then Delegate

Use Eisenhower matrix to determine task importance/urgency

  • Tasks that are not important/not urgent are moved to the backlog
  • Tasks that are not important/urgent are delegated to someone else
  • Tasks that are important/not urgent should be scheduled
  • Tasks that are important/urgent should be done ASAP

Using the estimated effort and estimated value of a task, you can compute the return on investment (ROI) of the task as estimated value divided by estimated effort. For example, a task you estimate is worth 100 $ and takes 2 hours to complete will have a ROI of 50 \$/h.

Use the ROI of your tasks to prioritize them. You will want to complete the tasks which are likely to have the best return on investment.

The ROI metric will also give you clues about the task you should probably not spend your time on. If you are paid 50 $/h and a task has a ROI less than 50 \$/h, then it should probably be moved to the backlog and only reconsidered if its ROI changes.

  • Unprioritized tasks should be moved to Queued, given their priority compared to already queued tasks
  • You should attempt to keep the Unprioritized tasks count to 0
  • A task that is Queued should have a deadline date
  • Work on tasks In progress first, then take tasks from Today, then from Queued

Task processing loop

If you've never done task management before, I suggest you do not start by applying all the above at once. First, start by simply recording the tasks you need to get done (title only). Once you've recorded most of the tasks you have to deal with, start giving them an important/urgent assignation. It will help you rapidly determine which tasks should be done and which ones are nice to have, but not critical, or even not really useful if you think about it. Once you are able to have this information for most of your tasks, then you should start giving them effort and value estimates. Once you've reached this point, you will have a much better grasp on the importance of your tasks, as well as their potential impact in terms of value, as well as to the amount of effort it will require from you.