There’s only one thing that may be harder than performing difficult technical work: recovering emotionally from the disastrous event of losing all that work.
You might assume we’re going to give you the same bland advice you’ve always heard about saving your work. But take a look at the ways that you might manage not to lose your work, and how you can mitigate the danger of these fearsome disasters becoming a horrific reality.
Here are five ways to ensure your work survives your worst fears.
1. Intellectual property rights
Intellectual property protection is an issue of ongoing contention and legal conflicts, but one thing is for certain: you need to protect your work in this way. Due to the lightning viral nature of today’s Internet, and the hunger for great content, the “borrowing” (which is to say, stealing) of creative work is at all-time high.
Ask an attorney who specializes in this type of protection, or check out solid informational sources on intellectual property protection.
NDA stands for Non Disclosure Agreements, which help to prevent people from running away with your most prized intellectual ideas and properties after they’ve been exposed to them. This is something you’ll definitely want for your developers and employees.
If don’t have NDAs in place, you could lose your hard work to someone who did nothing other than take it from you!
3. Hold workers to milestones
If you’re not setting and measuring milestones, there’s a chance your project (and the hard work involved) will be a complete waste of time. A good resource for this are the principles of lean startups. If you don’t finish the project, you lose your work. Period.
If you’re not testing and debugging everything you build, then you’re potentially making a massive mistake that will kill your entire project. Certain types of bugs, if detected early, can alter the essential design, but if you discover the problems too late, you might not have the budget or time to make the necessary alterations.
Backing up your data has always been a habit that every techie utilizes (or should), but what about the devices themselves?
We’re talking specifically about backup power. You’re going to want to find a battery-based backup service with the kind of ongoing maintenance plan that works for your needs and budget.
When your data is backed up, and the power to get to that data is also backed up, you’ll be especially well protected from any type of calamity that might endanger your ability to use all the work you’ve done.