Dev Storyteller

Thoughts of practical idealistic problem solver and software engineer, Mark Freedman.

Productivity Articles

Just Do It!

Every so often someone will create a simple blog post that whips you into shape. Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Jeff Atwood, over at, it's happened again. His recent post, triggered by the simple but straightforward ass-kicking post...

read more


I'm not sure where I've heard it first, but without focus, genius is impossible. I'll take this one step further. Without focus, very little is possible. Without focus, you are a slave to impulse. Without focus, you are a follower, and will be a poor leader. I am...

read more

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

I have spent more time in long meetings than I care to remember, where people spend hours trying to complicate things that should be so simple. I cannot begin to count how many hours people waste rehashing the same points over and over. If something cannot be...

read more