“Work smarter, not harder”

November 17, 2004

[stop sweatshops]Do any software managers read my blog? If so, please take some time to read Evan’s article “It’s Not Just Abusive. It’s Stupid.” You can even read it at work on company time — seriously. It’s not just a rant against “death marches”; Evan offers an alternative which is not only sane, but actually more productive.

Evan, I was never one to sacrifice my family on the altar of work, but working for you ruined me — in a good way. I also have you to blame for transforming my lackluster work into a zeal for improving quality by exploring and promoting better programming practices. (Curiously, at one of my interviews at Apple, this zeal impressed the manager but turned off the developers. Isn’t that backwards?)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.