Dogfood

Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality and capabilities of the product. — Wikipedia When I design products, I make an effort to regularly use the products I make.…

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Sightreading

I once heard of a concert pianist who prepare for concerts by reading the scores. On the plane ride over to a particular concert, he will look at the score and think about how to approach the piece. When he arrives, he just plays. The practice happens all in his…

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Perfection is Arrogance

We’ve all worked with these people. Perfectionists. Exacting people who want things done a specific way. Their way. The perfect way. At least that’s what they hide behind. This idea that they have incredibly high standards, which explains why they are so demanding, of course. This makes one…

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Genuinely Curious

I once sat down at a lunch table with some strangers, and we started chit chatting. It was one of those situations where we talked to fill the silence, because awkward noise beats awkward silence. We didn’t have anything meaty to say to each other though. We asked some…

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The Space Around Us

This past weekend, a game developer (friend of a friend) showed me his workspace. It’s an environment like I’ve never seen before. The layout was open and the room was dark, apparently good for seeing graphics on a computer screen. No walls. But very quiet. It got me…

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Look at What People Do

I was in a discussion about interviewing strategies and the merits of behavioral questions versus hypothetical questions. Behavioral questions start with “Tell me about a time when…” Hypothetical questions start with “What would you do if…” Hypothetical questions frustrate me for three reasons: It’s easy to say I would…

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