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Project management at Good Good Work

A lot of folks want to talk about project management with us. And we get it. Project management systems are, at best, imperfect. And there are so many! How can a group ever know for sure that they’re using the best practices for their group?

We use (and have used) a lot of different tools and systems and frameworks. It depends on the project, who’s the project manager (PM), what the client already uses, what people care about, and so on. The truth of the matter is that no one project management system has been our favorite. They’re all *imperfect.

This post is a basic run-down of some of these tools. You can pick and choose what works best for you. Then let us know how you do project management! We’re always looking for new and creative solutions to common human problems.

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Project management at Good Good Work

A lot of folks want to talk about project management with us. And we get it. Project management systems are, at best, imperfect. And there are so many! How can a group ever know for sure that they’re using the best tools and practices for their group?

We use (and have used) a lot of different tools and systems and frameworks. It depends on the project, who’s the project manager (PM), what the client already uses, what people care about, and so on. The truth of the matter is that no one project management system has been our favorite. They’re all *imperfect.

This post is a basic run-down of some of these tools. You can pick and choose what works best for you. Then let us know how you do project management! We’re always looking for new and creative solutions to common human problems.
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Self care for troubling times

A few simple hacks for your daily life that’ll help boost your body’s physiological resiliency to stress

This work was originally prepared for HumTechFest 2016. You can download the printable zine here. It’s been cross-posted on our Medium blog at medium.com/good-good-work.

We know we should take better care of ourselves, but…

We bust our asses for our work. We believe in it. So we stay up late, take on too much responsibility, chug coffee from dusk ’til dawn, and ignore our bodies when they start to break down.

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Zine: overcoming white supremacy culture

Understanding White Supremacy

Wait? We’re talking about explicit racism here, right?

Not really…

white supremacy zineWe’re talking about implicit cultural practices that come from the dominant American culture that shift power to the those that are best at navigating that culture. Often times that’s white men (and women), but not always. In our work with clients, collaborators, and allies we encounter a lot of folks trying to solve what they think are technical or digital problems when they really have cultural problems.

Since we wanted to provide a meaningful offering to people at The People’s Summit this year, we formatted a little zine to give away to groups who may know—or suspect—that they have these kinds of problems. The original language comes from Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups.

You can download the full pdf for sharing or printing here or read on for the full text.


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Quick tip: How to escape at symbol @ in your FTP user name

I connect to a lot of servers. There are plugins to install, media to upload, configuration files to download. To do this I use FTP, or File Transfer Protocol. Normally I use FTP clients like Filezilla to connect to remote servers but often I find myself connecting with my text editor Atom using the remote-ftp package or, if I’m feeling nerdy, I’ll connect with my UNIX shell on the command line. The other day I ran into an issue while trying to connect because my user name was an email address and had an @ symbol in it. Due to how FTP works–I’ll explain more below–this @ symbol messed up my login attempt.

To fix this I simply replaced the @ symbol with a + plus. That’s it! But if you want to understand FTP a bit more…  Read more