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At Unmanage, we believe that being organized is crucial to doing your best work. That’s why we’ve created a project tracking app that simplifies the process, so you can focus on what’s important: getting things done.

Our focus is on small teams and individuals who want to get organized without getting bogged down by complex project management platforms. We know that not everyone will be a perfect fit for our approach, but for those who are, we believe that Unmanage can make a big difference.

We know that flexibility is key, so Unmanage is designed to be adaptable to your specific needs and requirements. Whether you’re a new user who has never used a project management app before, or someone who is switching from a more complex tool, we believe that Unmanage can help you to improve your organization, efficiency, and effectiveness.

We try not to tell people when or where to work, or how to do things assigned to them. If they’re getting the work done satisfactorily, and on time, we don’t want to mess with that. As long as everyone stays within the guidelines we lay out and don’t disrupt someone else’s workflow, we give everyone flexibility to work the way they need.

So if you’re ready to simplify and get more done, give Unmanage a try. We believe that our approach is the perfect fit for small teams and individuals who want to do their best work.

Our Maxims:

  • Its important to be organized to do your best work
  • We love small teams who work fast and make things happen. We are focused on supporting them
  • Keep things simple
  • We don’t compete on features. You’re not paying for features, you’re paying for results. 
  • Be Structured + Flexible
    • Too structured = Frustrating to everyone. Can’t adapt. 
    • Too Flexible = Frustrating to everyone. No Consistency. 
    • Structured flexibility gives room for people to approach things the way they need, but still keeps them within the boundaries you set

On Project Management:

  • The fewer people involved in a project, the faster it will be done.
  • Track the minimum info necessary to do the job well. 
  • The further out you plan the less accurate you’ll be. Focus on the short term while keeping an eye on the long term. 
  • The more precise you try to be, the more time you’ll spend trying to be precise vs actually working.
  • Give people a tool that gives them flexibility to organize everything themselves in a way that helps them do their best work. 
  • Don’t be afraid to get started on something, even without all the information you want. Sometimes you’ll waste a little time, most times you’ll gain it.

Why we don’t like complex tools

  • Complex tools with a lot of features are hard to use well
    • Are you making good use of the tools?
    • Do you just use them because they’re there?
  • Complex tools require more people to support them
    • Are you getting ROI on all those extra people? 
    • Or can you do the same work with fewer people and a simpler system?
  • Are you using what you’re paying for?
  • Are you getting good data, or just more data? 

On Organization/Management:

  • Don’t micromanage. Hire good people, give them space to work
  • Give people a goal, a strategy to get there, the resources to do it, and let them work
  • Be a resource for your team, not a manager
  • Minimize process. Focus on output. 
  • More people creating, fewer people managing (including project managers!)

Your responsibilities when doing the work:

  • Check for new projects assigned to you regularly (usually daily – beginning of day, or end of day)
  • Keep your projects up to date as you go
  • Ask for help if you need it, don’t wait till its almost due
  • Make sure your project is always organized so someone else could pick it up and run with it
  • You are responsible for making sure your projects gets done
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