Beware! At work, asking questions leads to more work
Secrets of how I get stuff done in large organizations...rather, don’t get stuff done so I can get stuff done.
I haven’t watched this talk of mine in awhile, but looking at it again, it’s basically the secrets of how I get stuff done in large organizations. Or, rather, don’t get stuff done so I can stay sane and get stuff done. Like all good advice, I don’t follow it consistently. Just today, I violated the avoid assigning yourself homework one.
I should update this talk and give it again. It’s, like 8 years old now! What would you add to it?
Relevant to your interests
Slack - “Slack [as in spare time, not the app] improves a team’s ability to respond to urgent requests. Often teams need to collaborate, such as extending an API for another team’s feature. Without slack, such work needs to be scheduled into the plan, increasing delay, and the cycle time of other teams. Small tasks can be handled in slack, done quickly with little ceremony. Remember that high utilization increases latency.”
Feedly launches strikebreaking as a service - Not sure about this one. I think it falls into the facial recognition bucket of “one person’s quick login to their phone is another person’s means of implementing 1984.” Depending on which order you put those two statements, you’re making a different statement.
They are like the statesman of whom it was said that he was always punctually half an hour late.
I’m thinking of being less hoard-y with the newsletter. When I started it back up again, my idea was that I’d put everything exclusively in my newsletter, with a few exceptions. That’s probably an OK idea, but I’m thinking it’s also fine to put stuff that matches in other channels: pictures in Instagram, links in Twitter and Mastodon and LinkedIn. There’s a tedious line to walk between be an annoying cross poster, and reaching people who are only in one of those channels. We’ll see. What do you think?