Designing in a vacuum is challenging. It’s more than challenging - it’s hard, painful, sad, depressing, defeating, pointless, infuriating, lonely - you get my point? It can potentially be debilitating for a creative to be working in a silo, which from time to time could happen on a project. To address this, we are experimenting with some techniques to support pair designing at Bocoup.

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Recent communication apps, like Slack, have lowered the barrier of entry for the use of bots to increase productivity. There are many techniques that I, personally, have tried in the past for time management, but none that I ever ended up fully adopting. Despite that, I always have been fascinated with what my colleagues were using.

I've known about the Pomodoro Technique for years, but incorporating it into my workflow has always felt interruptive. I had all but forgotten about the approach until our design team presented how they were using it recently.

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Software developers never want to do hourly time tracking.

I've seen team leads who fill out the time tracking for their whole team to spare them the trouble. I've seen developers agonize over what to write down: they feel like they're estimating even when it should be a simple matter of hours.

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