Jots is a collection of bits from inspiring pieces.

[…] and I realized that we’d stumbled onto one of the biggest problems in our entire company: we had no idea how to define the role we’re trying to hire for and grow our developers toward.

Jot 19 : Brandon Hays in The Conjoined Triangles of Senior-Level Development, from The Frontside.
Jotted on the 25th of Jul 2016, at 12:20.

A re-invigorated broken employee is a corporation’s most powerful force.

Jot 18 : Shane Rodgers in The Career Advice I Wish I Had at 25, from LinkedIn.
Jotted on the 14th of Jun 2016, at 13:35.

Don’t make your (often shy) natural leaders ask for a promotion—just do it. The icing on the cake for you—as their manager—is the loyalty you’ll receive in return.

Jotted on the 12th of Jun 2016, at 14:00.

The problem is that if animation (and therefore the spatial structure of an interface) is an afterthought, it’s all too easy to create contradictory behaviors.

Jot 16 : Amin Al Hazwani, Tobias Bernard in Motion with Meaning: Semantic Animation in Interface Design, from A List Apart.
Jotted on the 22nd of May 2016, at 14:00.

[…] the worst possible work environment is one in which visual designers are permitted actual autonomy over their domain.

Jot 15 : Eli Schiff in Instagram’s Abomination Part I, from Eli Schiff’s Blog.
Jotted on the 19th of May 2016, at 14:00.

Although handoffs are difficult to avoid completely, the more they happen the dumber an organization gets resulting in failure. Individuals who are are handed off work take longer to get up to speed through (relearning) and crucial knowledge is lost.

Jot 14 : Paul Hepworth in Succeeding by Eliminating the Smells of Waste, from UserTesting Engineering.
Jotted on the 8th of May 2016, at 14:00.

One day, you won’t buy a movie. You’ll buy the right to watch a movie, and that movie will be served to you. If the companies serving the movie don’t want you to see it, or they want to change something, they will have the power to do so.

Jot 13 : James Pinkstone in Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously., from Vellum.
Jotted on the 7th of May 2016, at 14:00.

You set the expectation that you’ll be making recommendations, not taking orders. You made it clear that you’ll be discussing and agreeing on ideas before anything gets refined.

Jot 12 : Robert Hoekman Jr in How To Take Charge Of A UX Kickoff Meeting, from Smashing Magazine.
Jotted on the 24th of Apr 2016, at 14:00.

Paradoxically, change only has a chance of succeeding if failure—at least a little bit of failure—is also okay.

Jot 9 : Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister in Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition, p. 209, Addison-Wesley, 2013.
Jotted on the 23rd of Apr 2016, at 14:00.

Visual design should never be left until the end of the process.

Jot 8 : Kathryn McElroy in Prototyping for Physical and Digital Products, p. 22, O’Reilly Media, 2016.
Jotted on the 23rd of Apr 2016, at 14:00.

The thing is, being connected doesn’t magically enable effective communication.

Jot 11 : Dave Teare in Curing Our Slack Addiction, from Agile Bits, Blog.
Jotted on the 23rd of Apr 2016, at 14:00.

If you are embarking on a rewrite journey, all the power to you, but make sure you do it for the right reasons, understand the risks and plan for it.

Jotted on the 23rd of Apr 2016, at 14:00.

[…] Still, seeing it isn’t the moment of resignation. The moment happened the instant you decided, “What the hell? I haven’t seen Don in months and it’d be good to see him.”

Your shields are officially down.

Jot 7 : Michael Lopp in Shields Down, from Rands in Repose.
Jotted on the 26th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

People under time pressure don’t work better—they just work faster.

Jot 6 : Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister in Peopleware, Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition, p. 18, Addison-Wesley, 2013.
Jotted on the 26th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

Clutter is the official language used by corporations to hide their mistakes.

Jot 5 : William Zinsser in On Writing Well, The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 30th Anniversary Edition, p. 20, Harper Collins, 2006.
Jotted on the 26th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

Best I can tell, getting fired and dying are one of the few burdens that are yours and yours alone.

Jot 4 : Zach Holman in Firing People, from zachholman.com.
Jotted on the 24th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

[…] More than 120 takes. Those kind of scenes, you say “Oh, Jackie’s good.” It’s not good. You can do it. Except do you have the patience or not?

Jot 3 : Jackie Chan, Tony Zhou in Jackie Chan — How to Do Action Comedy, from Every Frame a Painting.
Jotted on the 12th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

[…] a claim to be pragmatic is implicitly an accusation that says that whoever disagrees is dogmatic […].

Jot 2 : Einar W. Høst in Pragmatism Is Poison, from Ample Code.
Jotted on the 12th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.

The dysfunction in the organization became the dysfunction in the product, and that was passed on to the customers.

Jot 1 : Jon Kolko in Dysfunctional Products Come from Dysfunctional Organizations, from Harward Business Review.
Jotted on the 12th of Mar 2016, at 13:00.