I’ve read about this at Apple, Yahoo, MIT Building 20, and Fogcreek
“food sources are strategically placed between two separate work teams, and the goal of that placement is to draw these different folks together and nudge them to interact and collaborate.”
“At Fog Creek, we deliberately have rows of long tables in our cafeteria. … with long ones you just go and sit at the end of the row. You end up speaking to different people every day…”
“When Steve Jobs designed a new headquarters for Pixar, he obsessed over ways to structure the atrium, and even where to locate the bathrooms, so that serendipitous personal encounters would occur.”
Ultimately pretty minor nitpicks, but… for the record…
Stange things not explained in Slack (slack.com):
1. Why is “private group” not just called a “private channel”. It is confusing to have 2 different names for the same thing (besides the privacy).
I know…. channel sounds public. Group sounds *almost* private, but needs “Private” to be clear. So I get that. This is annoying to me. I’ll get over it.
2. Why can you convert a channel to private (a private group), but not the other way around? I suspect it is because it would be awkward to change the privacy to public AFTER people have already been discussing in private, but why not explain that in the UI? The UI makes it seem like it is a technical issue, but I am sure it is just a workflow restraint they are enforcing. Which is fine, but they could be clearer about that.
3. Why when you change a channel to private do the things shared stay public? That makes no sense.
4. Why when you archive a channel (or private group), does the membership need to vanish? That is also extremely annoying. It is important information to know who is/was in a group.
“Archive this group… If you don’t think it will be used any more and you want to clean up, archive it. The group can be unarchived later (but everyone will have been removed).”
5. Why is the UI so slow on the website? That is kinda a game-breaker.
Lessons for Slack from Trello
1. Trello is fast
2. Trello list/board Membership maintained even when archiving
3. Can just go to trello.com, don’t have to go to [teamname].trello.com like in slack (which doesn’t know how to redirect to the subdomain where you are logged in. Annoying!)
Lessons FOR Trello from Slack
1. In Slack you can see stuff in archived channels/groups pretty easily (without un-archiving them).
In Trello, the only way to see archived “lists” is to un-archive them (“Send to Board”). This is highly annoying!
Filed under computers, work
“If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.” –Paul Graham
“When you do the work that others can’t possibly imagine doing, you set yourself apart.” –Seth Godin
“We all know that robots are making it impossible for people without a college degree to get jobs. That’s a basic fact about the economy known to all right-thinking people. And, just like most of the other “facts” about the economy known by right-thinking people, it happens not to be true.”
Data Refuses to Cooperate with Mainstream Education Story
Sunday, 08 March 2015 07:52
Yet another article about this topic:
Automation hits the professions. Most remain delusionally confident, so far.
Already happening: pilots, doctors (anesthesiologists, radiologists, ophthalmologists), lawyers, editors, musicians,
“If I were in my teens today, Zuck would not be my role model.
You know who would be my role model? Banksy!”
THE PROGRAMMER’S PRICE
Want to hire a coding superstar? Call the agent.
“The combination of the nascent digital age and the global recession has led to a rise in independent contractors. Some people call this new world the “gig economy” or the “1099 economy,” after the tax form used by freelancers. “I think it’s the future of work,” Guvench said. Mian agreed. “I think everyone should have a manager,” he told me. “Not just creative people—everyone. It’s cool to have an advocate and a confidant. We can all be rock stars.”