management Posts

Hiring

Because I want to remember this for next time:

"Data modeling" is a kind of nebulous concept, but I define it loosely as

The empathetic act of thinking ahead about how somebody might actually use this data that you're creating or storing.

It turns out to be a skill that not everyone possess, and which a previous career stint as a web developer served me well. I think for the next technical interview I give, regardless of position, I will ask the candidate to explain how a simple blog...

Micromanagement

My wife is a Glennon Doyle podcast listener, and on a recent trip she put her on for a little while. Plenty of good stuff, but the phrase that's stuck in my head right now is

The intention doesn't matter. What matters is the impact.

One expression of micromanagement is the inability to sit and let your teammates (possibly) make a mistake on their own. The way I caught myself doing this just now was an innocent question being asked between two teammates for which I knew the answer. ...