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The Diving Save
"If you’re the guy at the company who is great at Diving Saves, you’re also the guy who is working at a company where folks apparently need to resign in order to have a real conversation about their roles."
management  Rands  work 
june 2014 by andrewspittle
Infinite State
It's three years before your brain's mental model of your job starts to become boring. Sometimes all it takes is a long vacation to reset it and keep things interesting.
work  Rands 
september 2013 by andrewspittle
Two Universes
"there are a lot of folks who think gamification means pulling the worst aspects out of games and shoving them into an application. It’s not. Don’t think of gamification as anything other than clever strategies to motivate someone to learn so they can have fun being productive."
Rands  learning  gaming  from instapaper
may 2012 by andrewspittle
A Precious Hour
"When an engineer becomes a lead or a manager, they create a professional satisfaction gap. They’ve observed this gap long before they became a lead with the question: “What does my boss do all day? I see him running around like something is on fire, but… what does he actually do?” The question gets personal when the now freshly minted manager begins to understand that life as a lead is an endless list of little things that collectively keep you busy, but, in aggregate, don’t feel much like progress.

The positive feedback an engineer receives in the Zone is the sensation that you literally performed magic. From the complete problem set in your mind combined with your weapons-grade focus, you build a thing that you immediately recognize as disproportionately valuable. And you see this value instantaneously - that’s the high.

I believe that leads and managers are forever chasing the high associated with the Zone, but rarely achieve them because their job responsibilities are in direct contradiction to the requirements to achieve it. We often lack the time to have the intimate knowledge of a problem space because we rarely have 10-15 minutes free to consider it."
Rands  work  productivity  management 
march 2012 by andrewspittle
When the Sky Falls
Rands' advice for what to do when you realize the sky is falling on your head.
management  Rands  ideas  work 
march 2012 by andrewspittle
The End
Rands shares some tips for making your presentations the best they can be.
Rands  presentations  speaking  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
The Rands Test
Fantastic test to gauge how healthy your company and team are.
Rands  management  teams  business  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Building Serendipity
Rands writes about the different types of conferences. It's always about the people.
Rands  conferences  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Fred Hates It
Great insight into an off-site by Rands.
Rands  off-site  work  meetings  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
The One Rule
Rands writes about the full screen and desktop transition changes in Lion.
Rands  work  Apple  design  from instapaper
august 2011 by andrewspittle
The Desktop Transition
Rands writes about the three layers of a Mac OS X desktop.
design  Apple  Rands  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
Bored People Quit
Another solid essay from Rands on motivation, boredom, and why managers should keep coding.
Rands  work  management  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
DNA
"DNA is an organizational cue to everyone that all forms of leadership matter."
business  Rands  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
Lost in Translation
Rands writes about how to handle people you have a fundamental communication disconnect with.
business  work  Rands  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
Summer Intern Field Guide
Rands writes about how the summer internship game works.
work  Rands  business  from instapaper
may 2011 by andrewspittle
A Hard Thing is Done by Figuring Out How to Start
"We’re addicted quick fixes, top ten lists, and four-hour work weeks, but the truth is - if it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it and a hard thing is never done by reading a list or a book or an article about doing it. A hard thing is done by figuring out how to start."
inspiration  productivity  Rands 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Three Superpowers
The different super powers you might encounter (or be) in management.
business  management  Rands 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Interview: Marco Arment
Rands does a masterful interview with Instapaper founder Marco Arment.
Instapaper  interview  productivity  Rands  MarcoArment 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
The Noise
"These habits are designed to create unexpected moments with Signal. Each moment with Signal is a moment that you’re killing the Noise and they exist so you remember what it feels like to care rather than just do."
inspiration  management  work  Rands  writing  productivity 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Managing Nerds
Rands' tips for managing nerds in the workplace.
management  work  Rands 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Seven Precious Books
Rands' seven precious books and what they mean to him.
books  design  writing  inspiration  Rands 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
The Art of Not
Cool analysis of Instagram from Rands.
rands  minimalism  design  Instagram 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
An Unexpected Connection
"The art of the connection is the end result of a nerd’s highly obsessive due diligence performed on anything that falls into the relevant bucket."
rands  writing  learning  inspiration 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
Being Geek: An interview with Michael Lopp
Scott Berkun interviews Michael Lopp about his new book, "Being Geek."
scottberkun  rands  writing  interview 
september 2010 by andrewspittle
How to Run a Meeting
Michael Lopp's ideas about running a meeting.
business  productivity  rands 
august 2010 by andrewspittle
Being Geek
Rands has a new book out. Sounds like a good one.
rands  books  ebooks  reading 
august 2010 by andrewspittle
How to Write a Book
Rands talks about how to write a book and the process it necessitates.
writing  rands  blogging 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
Chill
"In a world where whomever is screaming the loudest sound bite is considered to be providing information, I think the act of chilling out is essential."
rands  lifestyle 
june 2010 by andrewspittle
Bits, Features, and Truth
The three pillars of software and business.
Rands  software  design  business 
april 2010 by andrewspittle

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