On Value

I have this idea of a hypothetical work unit. One work unit is the amount of value an average worker adds in a given time frame. This is similar to idea of Story Points and Velocity in Agile. The average number of Story Points a team accomplishes in a sprint…

Everyone Makes Mistakes

Napoleon + Interface Design "Orders must not be easy to understand. They must be impossible to misunderstand." - Napoleon I recently saw that quote get tweeted by Tim Ferris and it immediately crystallized some ideas I've been having about interface design. My work involves building web sites and, more often than…

The Form Music Takes

Counting Crows + Plato Way back in the late nineties, I was a Counting Crows fan. They had produced two great studio albums and 1998 saw the release of Across a Wire, a two-disc live album. To me, this album was a revelation. My favourite thing about going to a concert…

Order from Chaos

What is this all about? I read a short story many years ago that has stuck with me and provided some of the motivation behind this site. Sadly, I've lost the book and can't remember either the story's title or the author's name so I can't properly credit the person…