The first big data contest in the US: the 1890 Census
The surprising story of how a clerk in the census office would use his brother-in-law’s textile machine to revolutionize data analysis – and lay the groundwork for the entire technology industry.
Where do our OKRs belong?
It’s critical to make OKRs public within the organization so everyone can see what everyone else is committed to. It’s equally important that the OKRs live in one place.
How not to draft your first OKRs
I’ve helped countless teams implement OKRs for the first time; one meeting from nearly a decade ago stands out as a textbook example of What Not To Do.
How important are quarterly goals?
How do you draft a goal that focuses the team’s effort, pushes for ambitious outcomes – even if the 90 day timeline may not be sufficient?
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought back memories of the time the Russian government attempted to shut down Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube, and LiveJournal – all to silence one man.
Red Team OKRs
Putting on an adversarial hat when reviewing draft OKRs can help isolate and remediate problematic OKRs so that good grades are synonymous with momentum and progress at the end of the quarter.
OKRs as institutional memory
OKRs ensure that once your team learns a lesson, everyone – including future team members – will remember.
All roads lead to Rome
With no particular destination in mind on a Sunday afternoon in Rome, I ended up with one of my favorite memories from the entire semester.
Squirrels can kill the vibe
Distractions are a given, it’s how we respond to them – how we ignore them – that will determine our ability to succeed.
Comparing Apple Health sleep tracking vs. Oura ring
The more I learn about my sleep, the more motivated I am to sleep better. The last few years have been a journey.