“That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my own wacky operating system, and eventually you’ll catch on. It’s OK to put people first. You don’t have to be a psychopath or work people to death or create heaps of messy code or work in noisy open offices.”
Joel Spolsky, Trello, Inc.
“Here’s how to hack your culture: treat the people who work for you like the smart adults they are. Tell them everything you can about what you genuinely expect from them and how they can make a positive contribution through their work to the future of the company. Encourage them to go home at a sensible hour and have a life that is separate to work. And forget the idea that culture – and, by extension, people – is something you can hack.”
“If you tell me you want to ‘hack’ your culture, what I hear is, ‘I don’t know how to make the people working for me simultaneously more engaged and more productive, so I’m going to attempt to manipulate them in ways based entirely on my own misunderstanding of human behaviour and hope that gives me the results I’m looking for’.”
“The more of a sense of privacy you can create, the fewer distractions, the quieter the space – the more productive your team is going to be. The more visual distractions, the smaller the space, the closer to noisy neighbors or collaboration areas – the less your engineers will get into flow, and the less they’ll be able to get done. The problem is that productivity loss is invisible – your company simply gets slower – so you’ll never know what might have been.”