Whether you manage a creative firm that provides professional services or software development you pay your team based on time or deliverables. But your customers pay you for results. Your challenge is to deliver creative project work at a profit.
Creative projects require a balancing act: you need to deliver enough value to your customers to keep the lights on and you need to invest in learning at an individual skill and team capability level to remain competitive over the long run.
We focus on the questions that can help you manage and deliver creative projects at a profit. This book is part of an ongoing study, it will be updated as we conduct further research.
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Sean Murphy has taken an entrepreneurial approach to life since he could drive. He has served as an advisor to dozens of startups, helping them with customer development, early market exploration, and new market creation. His firm, SKMurphy, Inc., focuses on early customers and early revenue for software startups, helping engineers to understand business development. His clients have offerings in electronic design automation, artificial intelligence, web-enabled collaboration, proteomics, text analytics, legal services automation, and medical services workflow. Sean blogs here and uses @skmurphy to tweet quotes for entrepreneurs.
Michael started the "teamwork" project in April 2012, altough the idea dates back to the first time he watched Star Trek. He is a strong believer of a new direction in human-computer interaction, where tacit knowledge will be mediated through the intelligent interfaces of artifical asistants.
A software developer by trade, Michael keeps his collection of open source projects here and you can follow him here.