What is agency? How does agency work? Can you get better at it? It's actually doing stuff that gets you what you want, IDK, and maybe respectively. Here…

September 2022

I like to think of estimations as moves in a game. The rules of the game are simple once you've picked the scoring system, but unfortunately the real…
Quick break from estimation, because I felt like writing something different, so today we’re going to talk about LitRPG, do some philosophy to it, and…
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Estimation is hard! Especially when you don't do enough of it. Some tales from my recent flat move and all the ways in which I got estimation wrong…
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July 2022

Estimation should often start with coming up with a range of plausible values for the true value. In this article I show how that works.
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Task estimation is hard because you don't actually know what task estimation is. Let me fix that for you.

June 2022

Practical wisdom is the quality of knowing what to do is in a particular practical contexts. We all have some of it, and we could all benefit from…
Some parables about practical wisdom and the meaning of life.
We don't grow up all at once, and growing up fully requires us to acknowledge the parts of ourselves that aren't there yet, and help them grow up at…

May 2022

Some people are a mix of too odd to fit in and too useful to ignore. I worry that we don't treat those people very well.
It's easier to become good at restricted ways of interacting with the world than it is to grasp it in its full complexity. This is fine and good, but…
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April 2022

One of the best things you can do to improve at a skill is have a community of people you swap stories about it with, and to extract discrete tactics…