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Ashley Firth

Developer / Author / Leader / Speaker

Posts about Management

Coping mechanisms for a busy human

February 1, 2023 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

Some anecdotal tips for managing a busy workload, adopted over years of trial and error whilst aiming for work/life balance. With any luck, one or two of them can help you too...

Handling a team with unlimited holidays

April 26, 2022 / Reading time: ~7 minutes

Whilst the debate between unlimited and 'use it or lose it' holiday policies rages on, I had a think about how we handle things at Octopus.

The case for a 'Nomad Division' in a company

September 14, 2021 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

What if there was also a tangible benefit to this coming together of extraordinary circumstances? What if it could be just as liberating for companies as those that work in them?

Why I prefer Asana over Trello for managing a team

September 29, 2020 / Reading time: ~18 minutes

It’s not just a slick design on top of everything you’ve seen and used before in other tools, it’s a chance to take a step back and evaluate your whole process.

Using badges to track achievements in a team

July 31, 2020 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

One of the big motivations was making sure that all of the great energy people brought to our workplace was directed in the best way possible, and in a way that kept people curious and challenged.

Good ways to manage a remote team in lockdown

June 23, 2020 / Reading time: ~11 minutes

We’re experiencing remote working that we didn’t ask for. That changes a teams mindset, and as managers we need to work hard to help.