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Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible

We measured all types of individual work environments, and what we’ve found is that if you solve for design, noise, and access to people and resources, they perform equally, and one is essentially not better than the other.
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Experts are human beings

“I had two whiteboards filled up with questions left unanswered, tests left undone, and every other question we could think of,” Amber wrote on her Facebook page that day. Amber says that at one point during that meeting, she told the staff she felt like...
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Data is a people problem

Troy Magennis, an Agile consultant and founder of Focused Objectives who made a keynote presentation at the 2018 Agile conference in San Diego this week. According to Magennis, you can collect all the data in the world and make charts and dashboards, but if people...
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Mentors, Not Managers

Today’s workers don’t need some Big Brother figure hovering over us to tell us that budgets are cut, that we will be in big trouble if we don’t meet deadlines, and to “make do with less.” We need leaders who set us up for success,...
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Committees Producing Deep Wisdom

But what does this have to do with program committees? In 2014, the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation (NIPS) Conference split the program committee into two independent committees, and then subjected 10% of the submissions 166 papers to decision making by both committees. The two...
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One Easy Way To Reduce Unproductive Behavior

It’s a familiar story. Soda taxes have also flopped in New York State and San Francisco. So far, only superliberal Berkeley, Calif., has succeeded in adopting such a measure over industry objections. The obvious lesson from Philadelphia is that the soda industry is winning the...
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Be Boring But Ensure No One Knows

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At a news conference after the launch …  CEO Elon Musk said SpaceX plans to launch every two to three weeks later in the year. And it will continue to try to perfect the art of the first-stage landing, either on the drone ship, as...
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Is Our Product Direction Driverless?

Is Our Product Direction Driverless
Then came the Great Recession. by 2009, as GM was descending into bankruptcy, a small band of its engineers and researches agitated for producing driverless cars. A much larger group of more cautious executives found the idea reckless, says John Capp, GMS’s director for safety...
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Lessons Learned From Volkswagen’s Tricks

Lessons Learned From Volkswagens Tricks
German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that VW’s internal investigation has found a 2007 letter from parts supplier Bosch warning Volkswagen not to use the software during regular operation. Separately, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that a Volkswagen technician raised concerns about illegal practices in...
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It’s Simple, Just Look At The Results

Its Simple Just Look At The Results
“I was very worried when an insider was chosen as the new CEO. I was especially worried when suboptimal execution continued: missed delivery dates, buggy products, weak marketing.” The Rise And Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History. Bloomberg Businessweek, Dec 9, 2013. The product looks...
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