andrewspittle + management   22

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
A Simple Guide to Better Coaching and Feedback in Your Company
How Buffer approaches ongoing feedback, coaching, and improvement within the company.
Buffer  work  management 
march 2014 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
The Management Team
"That’s the way it has to work in a knowledge organization. You don’t build a startup with one big gigantic brain on the top, and a bunch of lesser brains obeying orders down below. You try to get everyone to have a gigantic brain in their area, and you provide a minimum amount of administrative support to keep them humming along."
business  management  work  JoelSpolsky 
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 Rands Test
Fantastic test to gauge how healthy your company and team are.
Rands  management  teams  business  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Better (and more) Social Bonuses
"But what is clear to me is that prosocial incentives, either in the form of charitable donations or team expenditures, can be an effective means of encouraging more positive behavior for the individual, their teammate and for society."
work  DanAriely  management  motivation  from instapaper
september 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
Titles and Promotions
"Another challenge is a phenomenon that I call The Law of Crappy People. The Law of Crappy People states:

For any title level in a large organization, the talent on that level will eventually converge to the crappiest person with the title."
business  management  BenHorowitz  startups 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology
Sometimes managing your own psychology is the hardest part of running a company.
business  management  startups  BenHorowitz 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Three Superpowers
The different super powers you might encounter (or be) in management.
business  management  Rands 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Exit Interview: Ask Jeeves' acquisition of Bloglines
37signals talks with Mark Fletcher about the Bloglines exit and eventual demise.
management  startups  37Signals  Bloglines 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
How to torture your project manager
If you like your project manager, this is a list of things not to do. But if they really deserve it, here are proven ways to drive them mad.
ScottBerkun  management  work 
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
How to Kill a Bad Idea
"No means you have to make tough choices that aren't always obvious at the time. No can be hard, even painful; it can lead to imagining what could have been. But when you make software, it's almost always a good idea to say no more than you say yes. Over time, you'll regret saying yes more than saying no. No?"
business  design  management  JasonFried  37Signals  IncMagazine 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Delegate or die: the self-employed trap.
Or, how to stay sane and manage a startup effectively without having to make every decision.
business  inspiration  management  DerekSivers  startups 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
When Smart People are Bad Employees
3 examples of smart people that can be bad employees.
business  management  BenHorowitz  strategy 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
The Update, The Vent, and The Disaster
Rands' ideas about 1:1 business meetings. Some helpful teams from the team lead point of view.
business  management  interview  writing 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
The Twinge
Rands details one aspect of the successful manager: The Twinge. Good read.
business  management 
may 2010 by andrewspittle

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