Update #6

It's Friday again and another exciting week passed.

In this update you will get insights into the development of Wellfunded, a short report about the CreativeMornings Event in Zurich as well as another email tip!


Besides some administration work like paying and sending invoices and getting my accounts done, I focused on the development of the Wellfunded webapp this week.
Last summer I already developed a prototype with Twitter Bootstrap.

Now I want to develop the application from scratch using the latest Ruby on Rails 5.1 and the TDD (Test Driven Development) methodology as well as a custom design, which is targeted on mobile devices from ground up.

As you can see, it's still in the early beginning of the development and the design is not really mature yet. But I will refine and adjust it over time. I don't have a strict roadmap yet, I just work on it whenever my time allows me to.
Additional to the development I also thought about where to best market the app. The main target audience are fundraisers in Non-Profit-Organisations, which is why I took a look on different online platforms as well as events for the fundraising community. I still need to think a bit more about how to get the fundraisers enthusiastic about my application.

CreativeMornings ZH

For the first time, I attended a CreativeMornings event in Zurich this Friday morning.
CreativeMornings are monthly events for the creative community, to hear a speech about a predefined topic while enjoying coffee and a small breakfast. Afterwards you have time to connect with the local community.
The topic of this month is "Beyond" and Christian Erni gave a talk about what it means to go the extra mile and illustrated it with many practical examples.
He also gave an interesting insight in his current work, where he does data visualization for different topics and companies. The diagram below is about who marries who across different confessions.

 (Source: https://datadrivenvaluecreation.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/wer-heiratet-wen/)

I'm not sure yet, if I will attend this event every month, but if it's a topic that's interesting to me, I think I will be there.

Tip of the week

This week I will provide you another tip about your email practice, but then I will pause for a little while with email-tips – I promise ;)
Last time I introduced you to the concept of dedicated email-times and another thing thats important to me, is to set the right expectations for the clients. If you always answer your emails at the same predefined times, your email partner will eventually know when to expect an answer from you and when not.
For me it's crucial that my clients do not expect me to answer an email at nine o'clock in the evening. It can occasionally occur that I'm still working at this time and also have the capacity to answer this email.
In such a situation I will write my answer but do not send it right away. I will wait until the next morning for my usual dedicated email time to do so.
This brings multiple advantages with it. First, I'm able to "answer" the email when I have to capacity to do so. Second, I do no set false expectations for future correspondence with this client. Third, I get a chance to re-read my answer the next morning and make corrections if necessary, without the same cognitive load as answering the email for the first time, which means I can use my productive time in the morning for something else.
I encourage you to try this out some day and let me know how it works for you!
Thanks for reading.
And now off to the weekend!
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