In part 2 of this story, I wrote about finding a Designer to help me create a print ready PDF file, creating a backlog of prioritized feedback to be applied to the next version of the notebook, and lastly, I talked about product-market fit.

In this part, I want to focus on the business side of the process. Primarily on the drop-ship product delivery style.

Why drop-ship

I am creating this notebook because I believe that a simple product like this can solve a very interesting problem of helping people be organized and collaborate more effectively.

With this experiment I have a…


In the first part of this series, I’ve explained how I started implementing my idea for a paper notebook for SCRUM teams. With the initial prototype made in MS Word and printed on my own laser printer, I started to gather feedback.

In this article, I would like to describe how I used that initial learning to kick-start and iterative product development.

Finding a Designer

I am not a designer, I wouldn’t even claim to have a decent eye for little details and I don’t know much about preparing anything for print. I knew that I needed a proper designer to help me…


The origin story

If you read books focusing on business and self-improvement you are probably aware of “must read / modern classics” like “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel, “Lean Startup” by Eric Ries, “E-Myth” by Michael E. Gerber, or “Essentialism” by Greg MeKeown.

Those books hold a lot of wisdom inside, and I wanted to see how much of that wisdom I could apply to my next venture.

As Project Manager, it is my responsibility to manage the project well to ensure its success, but as a Leader at an organization, it is my duty to support my team and create an…


There are many ways to run a successful retrospective meeting. This short cheat sheet should help you set up your first retrospective meeting and set your team on a path to continuous improvement.

Step 1 — Prepare your team

If you have never run a retrospective meeting with your team it might be useful to introduce them to the idea first. Two weeks before the meeting should be enough time for your team to prepare. Start by sending an email to your team explaining why you want to add this type of reoccurring meeting to everyone’s calendar and what is that you expect of everyone participating…


Exactly 2 years ago we started organizing a bi-weekly Mastermind group for highly motivated and success-oriented individuals.

At first, it was just a couple of friends but then some people dropped by and some new joined and it became harder to track who is coming and who’s not. To solve that problem we started using Eventbrite as it is just a perfect tool to gather data about event history. That created another problem. We wanted to have a meeting but we weren’t keen on investing the time into managing all the tools around it. …


Working as a Project Manager I validate my success by results produced by my team — project delivered within a scope, a budget, and time. as all project pieces are tightly interlinked — It’s rather rare that I have enough time or budget to deliver initially specified scope, which means good planning and resource management is important. And the other way, proper scope management is a key to good planning.

As a PM I often ask myself three questions:

1) How do I know what went well in the last sprint?

2) What was the team satisfaction level?

3) What can I improve in the next sprint?

The easiest…


Agile plus Mastermind equals Excellence

What is a Mastermind Group?

I am not going to explain this idea in detail here. There are already multiple articles on that matter, like the one on Shopify or Wikipedia.

In essence, it is a group of people who support each other in their endeavours to achieve their goals. Although there is not a set in stone way of running a group like this, most of them follow the same template, where everyone has a chance to present their goals and gets feedback on them. …


We have always been reluctant to use Twitter for Golden Point Solutions’ social activities. Paulina has used it successfully in the past to promote charity events and to connect with the small community of New Westminster. Other than that it seemed pointless to post any tweets that would immediately get drown into this humongous pond of information.

After watching some videos at Gary Vee — https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVaynerchuk — we decided to give it a try.

Through the entire month of March, We were growing the company’s Twitter account completely organically. What that means is that we haven’t used any automation or…


I recently delivered a series of four workshops which covered the topics of goal setting and planning. I started by selecting a group of six people who would become my guinea pigs and accept the challenge of putting some serious work into the assignments I had prepared for them.

The major focus of the workshops was to help the participants learn how to properly define and achieve their goals more effectively by using some basic project management techniques.

Goals vs. Chores

I asked each participant to choose one existing personal goal that they would like to work on during these sessions. I found…


A few weeks ago I attended the contest at the Metrospeakers Toastmasters Club. One of contestants mentioned a quote that stuck to my mind. I don’t remember the exact words but it went along these lines: ‘Do more of things you love and less what you have to do.’ — Easier said than done.

The very first thing that came to my mind after hearing this quote was that, we should re-think our routines. Are we focused enough on doing things we love? …

Gerard Pietrykiewicz

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