• How to win the lottery or have an IPO-ing startup

    How do you win when your chances are one in a million? Here are the best approaches to follow and hope for the best: Strategy 1: play the same numbers over and over again This is the all time favorite. Of course, it’s a golden shiny example of gambler’s fallacy: it seems to them that each […]

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  • Letter to the struggling creator of anything

    Dear creative human, You are always busy. New ideas, new work, new output every hour after hour. At the end of the day it’s all meant to push you, bit by bit, closer to the place you want to be in. May the place be called “The top of the (collective) mind”. When you do get […]

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  • The art of balanced teams

    With a no star team you get micromanagement hell, the one star in a team will become a nanny with a bell, but make an all star team and the project will look like an Escher dream. In a respectable michelin starred Japanese restaurant serving sushi you need about eight years before you are allowed to […]

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  • If you wouldn’t do your job for free, its ok to carry on doing it.

    And have a peaceful mind and a happy life too A while ago LifeHacker articulated this title for some article: If You Wouldn’t Do Your Job For Free, Then Quit Sure, it sounds good for a headline, but in reality this is a really bad advice. Why? Well, consider the average person. Not only do they […]

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  • A skill scale for developers

    An unruly take on the notion of performance In building this scale of skill, the units I am considering are as follows: Amount of effort — the quantity of individual time (based on a pondering coefficient) that the person is spending on the test task. Outcome — how much procentually did the person accomplish from the assignment. Cadence — how often […]

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  • Be happy working on your own

    Easy, peasy but not measly I have heard among colleagues, and also among some people I follow online, a bunch of grumpy talk about how freelancing and independent work is doubtfully a progress, about how working from home makes you not leave the house at all, or about how hard it is to have a stable […]

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  • Does apple need a PR and communication upgrade?

    Professionally I think so, rationally … well we’re still buying it. See that photo above? Its the weight of expectation on the guy’s back, way too much to carry for an entire WWDC conference. So, first of all I realize this current situation in which Apple basks and talks to us from works well and they don’t […]

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  • Project zombification, the business of the walking dead

    office zombies that draw the energy and passion of your team Here are a number of situations in which the essence of projects is killed. The result transforms projects into real office zombies that consume the energy and passion of, otherwise, talented and creative designers, developers, managers and entrepreneurs. Zombification of a project occurs when a […]

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  • Ambiguity and corporate entrepreneurship

    I have seen the questions below being used as pre-interview questions. Here are some possible answers: What might be some possible actions that a leader can take to manage ambiguity? Well, how about a map reduce algorithm? 1. map the ambiguity sources to clarification procedures, which are basically steps to follow in order to eliminate […]

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  • Don’t run out of money

    Iced budgets are better than ice cream Walking on water and working by specification are possible if both are frozen. Edward V. Berard True but add frozen budgeting to the mix. In spending money, like in all the other areas of a project, you will find unexpected situations, situations that don’t conform to the original plan. When you […]

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