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How To Make Pseudo-controversial Changes

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On the subject of making pseudo-controversial changes to classic Marvel characters, [Marvel’s Senior Vice President David] Gabriel added that internet outrage is never a good indicator of what actual comic book readers and fans want. “The first thing we do is watch the sales. If...
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Refactoring Stream-Of-Thought Management

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Refactoring not only helps improve the mechanical quality of code; it also helps you learn from your code. When refactoring, you converge on better models. Right now, your code works, but it may feel tense, even a bit brittle. Refactoring reveals the implicit model, which...
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Projects Don’t Really Exist?

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Projects don’t really exist; they’re a mental model, not an actual thing. We invented projects so that we can talk about a nebulous stream of work as if they were single blocks of time and effort. There are no projects; there are only products. The...
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Winning The Bureaucracy Game

Winning The Bureaucracy Game
During a college job at an Air Force weapons lab in New Mexico, [Robert Mercer, co-CEO Renaissance Technologies] says, he found a life’s calling. “I loved everything about computers,” he said. “I Loved the solitude of the computer lab late at night. I loved the...
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How To Manage A Chaos Machine

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They assumed that, if a project was intensely and minutely planned, everything would naturally and inevitably proceed in an orderly and deterministic way.  … And when projects did go off the rails, their response was to stop everything and replan. Sometimes that works, but sometimes...
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Of Bicycles And Kanban

Of Bicycles And Kanban
How the economy works, to me, is kind of like riding a bicycle.  You have to keep it going forward for it to work correctly.  If everyone in the economy stopped buying and selling, then just like a bicycle when we stop peddling, things stop...
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Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola

Lessons Learned From Fighting Ebola
[Doctors Without Borders] is able to move so swiftly, in large part, because of its decentralized structure, which is more akin to a guerilla network than a top-down corporation. How To Manage A Plague, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 17, 2014. Contrary to such notable initiatives such...
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