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I think people are missing the biggest problem with these 'work on whatever you want programs'. And that's *ownership*. Let's say I have a great idea. Great ideas are cheap. But it's still *my* idea. Someone else might have came up with his own, identical or similar idea, and that's his idea. But *my* idea is my own. And maybe it's the next Facebook or Twitter. Maybe it will change the world. Probably not - but maybe. If I use my spare time and turn my idea into a reality - it might make me a millionare. It might lead to my own company. It might make me famous. Because it's *mine* I can use my idea to explore all of the possibilities. But what happens when you use work time and resources to work on your idea? Who owns it now? *THEY* do. Not you. Will you be rewarded for it? *Maybe*. Will you have control over it *No*. Maybe you get paid well enough that you don't care. But when I look at hourly rates people get as contractors and consultants - that's what you can earn PER HOUR doing assigned work. I'd need to make a lot more to hand over every awesome idea I may or may not have that may or may not be profitable, in addition to the regular work I do.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2012 on Today is Goof Off at Work Day at Coding Horror
I disagree completely. The problem with Phil's success (or lack thereof) isn't a limitation of A/B testing. It also isn't because he was 'faking' it. The problem is that when you give someone a series of A/B tests, all you end up with is the result of their those tests. In other words, she got EXACTLY what she THOUGHT she wanted. We see this ALL THE TIME, with all sorts of things. For example, why would you hire an interior decorator? You can use a series of tests to determine what, in your own opinion, is the best at each step of the way. It's not 'fake'. It's not that you are lying to yourself or failing to buy the paint color you thought you wanted. The problem is that people rarely know what they want. We're so much better at knowing when we have something we don't want - IE, 'God, this room is ugly'.
I wish they would have given more concrete figures. If you are talking about highly skilled, highly paid types - then maybe the difference between 100k and 110k isn't a strong motivator. The white-board video said to pay them 'enough' that they don't have to worry about money. I certainly don't make 'enough' to afford the life-style I'd like to have. And I don't mean super-rich with a yacht or anything. But enough to have a decent house in a nicer part of town and afford 2-3 kids.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2010 on The Vast and Endless Sea at Coding Horror
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