Huh. #work #efficiency

M., who was once a new grad reporting to me and with whom I’m still in touch as an interesting person to talk to, just sent me this article:

I can still remember how mad¬†I was, freshman year of high school, when my Spanish-class teacher wouldn’t give me an A. I’d gotten A’s on (a statistically appropriate number of) the tests, so I figured I deserved an A in the class. The teacher was adamant: no A for me. I’d skipped (a whole lot of) the homework.

Who was this teacher, I thought, to insist I do busywork that was clearly unnecessary to learn the material?! Hadn’t I proved I was right?!*

Looking back, I’m pretty sure the teacher was just young and immature, and maybe didn’t want to set himself up for dealing with a whole class full of argumentative would-be homework-skippers.

Looking back, I’m proud I went right on skipping the homework. B’s be damned. I knew I was right.

Looking back, I’m also really, really, really¬†grateful to my parents for supporting me in this. Talk about ways to be fortunate in life – parental support in figuring the ROI on any given effort at a young age has paid off I-don’t-even-know-how-immensely in happiness. Thanks, Mom & Dad. Thanks.


* Clearly, I haven’t changed much.

A modern Bechdel test* for tech

Six people walk into a conference room for a meeting. They chat briefly about their weekends, what they had for lunch, then dive right into their project discussion.

They get all the way through the meeting without bothering to mention that four of the six people are women.

* Bechdel test

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