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Bookmarks tagged with “work”

  1. Compound interest applied to learning

    Yes, this makes sense. Plus I often think that people who get, or take, an opportunity early on that gives them time to explore their field end up exponentially further ahead than peers.

  2. Choose your own business adventure – Buckley Williams

    Transcript of Nat Buckley’s talk about why you should quit your job and start your own company, which is very good.

  3. Rose tinted memories of BBC Backstage

    “I’m pretty sure it’s no longer enough for organisations to be ‘open’ because no matter how hard you try, eventually that just becomes PR and marketing fluff. Much better to aim to be porous.”

  4. The HURRDURR Games — Dorian Taylor

    On why most hackathons are exploitative. Includes a calculator for whether it’s worth your time. (via Favejet)

  5. Email transparency

    From 2013, with a 2014, update on how Stripe have (most) of their internal email visible by everyone internally. (Lots of Google Groups.)

  6. “You carry a 00 number, it means you have License to kill, not GET killed!” | MetaFilter

    Nice comparison of Bond with the full-time, permanent company man, versus Bourne as a freelance flexible worker.

  7. A Sense of Where You Are — Elegant Tools — Medium

    Tom Broxton very good on gathering evidence about how long the designing and building of digital things actually take, so you can convince people your pessimistic-sounding estimates are accurate.

  8. Salary benchmarking for London - Cogs Agency Cogs Agency

    2015/16. Interesting, although I take these with a pinch of salt. And all the tables are an image, so they obviously want to keep this data hidden from some people.

  9. Is group chat making you sweat? — Signal v. Noise — Medium

    Jason Fried on the pros and cons of group chat at work. (via @tomskitomski)

  10. Here’s a great way to boost your income in an hour

    That sounds like spam but it’s actually about the benefits of, as a freelancer, writing yourself a detailed job description.

  11. The mystery of the white dress shirt — Medium

    Bryan Boyer on closing down their Makeshift Society Brooklyn coworking space. Lovely thoughtful postmortem.

  12. New Creatives | designswarm {thoughts}

    Alex on… people like me, and many friends, it seems. I’m not sure about the term itself, but it does seem like a reasonably identifiable “thing”.

  13. 5 things I think journalism students need to know about technology — Thoughts on Media — Medium

    Good rules for lots of students and workers whose jobs come anywhere close to the internet. (via Russell Davies)

  14. First, Let’s Get Rid of All the Bosses | The New Republic

    On Zappos’ weird non-organisational organisation. Sounds like a nightmare. (via @tomtaylor a while back)

  15. Design Jobs / It’s Nice That Jobsboard

    I imagine this has jobs at some nice places (and the usual), given it’s from It’s Nice That. And I’ll forget the name if I don’t bookmark it. (via @iamdanw)

  16. No Dickheads! A Guide To Building Happy, Healthy, And Creative Teams. — Medium

    So good. Sounds like such a great place to work and do good work.

  17. Hardware by the Numbers (Part 1: Team + Prototyping) — Medium

    Four parts. I’m not overly fascinated by making hardware, but enjoy reading general starting/growing-a-business experience, even if it’s focused on making a business with the aim of exiting. (via Tom Taylor)

  18. A Year of Reflection — Today’s Office — Medium

    Jan Chipchase on design studios, taking risks, his year of “creat[ing] the minimum viable process and infrastructure to be able to take on challenging projects that can have significant impact, and do good work.” (via @cityofsound)

  19. 44 engineering management lessons

    A good list of things to do and not to do when managing engineers (although there’s lots that’s transferable). (via @kellan)

  20. The Old Guard – Rands in Repose

    On the pattern of a group of people staring something and, as it expands, new people join and try to understand and codify the accumulated knowledge that is used by the original group through instinct alone. And the conflict that results. (via Tom Taylor)

  21. 13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations — Medium

    Lots of good tips, easily extrapolated to non-designers presenting work to clients too. (via @antimega)

  22. Jared Spool’s answer to What is the current market hourly rate (contract) for a great designer who can design (visual/ux/product) and develop award-winning user interfaces? - Quora

    “…you’re looking for someone who is such an outlier in the industry that you’ll pay whatever rate they demand.” (via Stellar)

  23. Microaggression and Management — about work — Medium

    Some of the common things managers might do that reinforce inequality and hierarchy. (Not that I’ve experienced much of this, thankfully.)

  24. Pubstandards.pdf

    A chart showing the movement of people in London’s Pub Standards community from one company to another. I was looking for this and couldn’t find it and now it’s here.

  25. The coolest culture hack of all is not hacking your culture » Boyes Club

    Good. “If you tell me you want to ‘hack’ your culture, what I hear is, ‘I don’t know how to make the people working for me simultaneously more engaged and more productive, so I’m going to attempt to manipulate them in ways based entirely on my own misunderstanding of human behaviour and hope that gives me the results I’m looking for’.” (via @tomstuart)

  26. Amazon unpacked - FT.com

    From February 2013, on the poor-quality jobs Amazon is creating and the disappointment of many local people near their Rugeley warehouse. There is, though, something to be written about people disliking Amazon’s working conditions and fondly remembering… coal mining. (via Dan W)

  27. A nation of slaves

    Charlie Stross on the Conservatives’ target of “full employment”. I hate their (and Labour’s) “hardworking families” rhetoric as if work, any work at all, no matter how it’s achieved or what the alternatives might be, is an end in itself.

  28. Managers are awesome / managers are cool when they’re part of your team

    Although I’m up for new kinds of management/company structure, the GitHub/Valve thing of having an extremely flat organisation does make me wary. Not least for the kinds of people who only blossom when given support and shelter by those whose position it is to do that.

  29. How Netflix Reinvented HR - Harvard Business Review

    Interesting HR stuff that Netflix does differently: no set amounts of holiday, no rigid expenses policies (only “do what’s best for Netflix”), no bonuses, no vesting periods, etc. ie, being adult and sensible. (via Stellar)

  30. Scott Adams on success

    On why “follow your passion” is bad advice. I wish I could remember the tags I’ve used for this kind of thing before though.

  31. Simple Team Performance Management - iDoneThis

    Seems a nice idea: “Reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, get a digest with what everyone on the team got done.” I like email as an interface to things. (via @dotcode)

  32. Let’s Be Ambitious, Adventurous and Unexpected: A Complaint About Digital Art and Entrepreneurialism

    “Doing stuff for free gets in the way of being entrepreneurial. Asking people for their time is no different to asking for their money: it’s either fun or charity or a bit of both, but it’s no different to subsidy.”

  33. From the generalized resource curse to communism | An und für sich

    I think the group I was in, in a class in Houston in 2000, proposed a guaranteed basic income like this for our imagined future society on Mars. (via @cshirky)

  34. Implications

    “Andreas Gursky allegedly makes ten pieces a year. Ansel Adams said twelve good photographs in a year was good production.”

  35. What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine

    “’…the company is managed with no hierarchy.’ What your culture might actually be saying is… Management decisions are siloed at the very top layers of management, kept so close to the chest they appear not to exist at all.” Very good. (via @mala)

  36. On Being A Senior Engineer

    A really good read. Could also be called “How to be a mature person to work with.” Or just “How to be a grown-up.”

  37. Timpulse - Who Works With ‘Creative Coders?’

    Handy and interesting. A “list of institutions—both EU and Stateside—that are using creative coding”. (via @RandomEtc)

  38. Do you really want to be making this much money when you’re 50?

    Conversely, on why programming is a good job to be doing, even when you’re 50+. (via @tomstuart)

  39. Do You Really Want to be Doing This When You’re 50?

    On what programming is really like. (Me? I’m not sure I do, not professionally, but I don’t know how to stop.)

  40. Towards a Socially Conscientiousness Lifestyle Design Movement | Beyond Growth

    Not an appealing title, but quite a good 2010 post about whether solo “lifestyle businesses” are a good thing, for people or society.

  41. Bring back the 40-hour work week - Salon.com

    On why working more than 8 hours a day (or, really, 6 for knowledge workers) is not more productive. Tick. (via @tomcoates)

  42. Watch a VC use my name to sell a con. | jwz

    “Instead of that, I recommend that you do what you love because you love doing it. If that means long hours, fantastic. If that means leaving the office by 6pm every day for your underwater basket-weaving class, also fantastic.” (via @agpublic)

  43. Freelance Rates Ascertaining Quotient, 2011 ~ @cole007

    A calculator based on the aforementioned survey, that suggests what rate you should maybe be charging. It suggest my rate is about OK.

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