Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired – The New York Times: Treating workers as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded is a central part of the revised relationship between employers and employees that techies proclaim is an innovation as important as chips and software. The model originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s spreading.… Continue reading Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired
Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule: When you’re operating on the manager’s schedule you can do something you’d never want to do on the maker’s: you can have speculative meetings. You can meet someone just to get to know one another. If you have an empty slot in your schedule, why not? Maybe it will turn out… Continue reading Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule
Better than an “email vacation”: Much like inbox bankruptcy, simply running away from email overload doesn’t solve the problem. What does work is to engage email as described in Bit Literacy (free Kindle ebook, free iBookstore ebook). To summarize: move your action items to a todo list, and archive or delete everything else. The inbox should be empty at… Continue reading Better than an “email vacation”
Rookies in the bike shed: The ability to spot this is one of the most valuable skills a software developer can possess. There are endless features we could build and debates in which we could engage, but only a small subset are worth the effort. The best developers aren’t the ones who can write the… Continue reading Rookies in the bike shed
What clarity is all about – (37signals): If your whole business was laid out flat – every product, every promise, every price, every rule, every condition all on one surface – and you superimposed a heat map layer over it, where would the confusion hot spots be? [Not a bad exercise to perform…]
So there’s a pointer to this Inc. article in my inbox this morning. I don’t need any convincing about the potential for a company to form its own work schedule. But it seems to me that this article is lying, or the author is fooling himself, or worse, he’s taking advantage of his employees. To… Continue reading Compare and contrast: The 4 day work week.
Wunda’s World: Clarifying purpose: How can we do this? By understanding and buying into what we are creating and how we see it experienced. We can create a mission, vision and values to clarify and create distinction. The mission statement is all about purpose. Its about the problem you are trying to solve, the information… Continue reading Wunda’s World: Clarifying purpose