08 February 2016

Heisenberg Developers

A very interesting article that highlights the importance of ensuring that management processes and culture are not so rigid that they prevent upward feedback during system development.

http://mikehadlow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/heisenberg-developers.html

17 November 2015

The Serenity Prayer

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference

13 September 2015

‘Give Away Your Legos’ and Other Commandments for Scaling Startups

http://firstround.com/review/give-away-your-legos-and-other-commandments-for-scaling-startups/

Here, Graham explains why scaling companies and teams is, in her words (and she’s putting it lightly), “crazy hard” and what you can do as an early employee or a startup founder to make it easier on yourself and your team. She covers what rapid scaling actually feels like as an experience (something too few people talk about), the toughest phases of growth and how to survive them, and — most importantly — how you can anticipate the biggest challenges before they really hurt your momentum and your chances for long-term success.

12 August 2015

Lifehacker: Focus On What You Can Do, Not What You Should Do

http://vitals.lifehacker.com/focus-on-what-you-can-do-not-what-you-should-do-1720078724

You know those moments when you’ve gobbled up an entire pizza and you mutter, with sauce still dribbling down your lips, “I shoulda ate only one slice?”....

16 May 2015

FX algos revive US rates trading at UBS

FX algos revive US rates trading at UBS

A European bank with a slimmed-down product line is making waves in the US Treasury market and the unlikely secret of its success is an algorithm borrowed from its foreign exchange business....

http://www.fxweek.com/fx-week/news/2408775/fx-algos-revive-us-rates-trading-at-ubs

14 March 2015

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

http://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

27 January 2015

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/opinion/sunday/why-some-teams-are-smarter-than-others.html

Interesting article, they key comments being:

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"but teams with higher average I.Q.s didn’t score much higher on our collective intelligence tasks than did teams with lower average I.Q.s. Nor did teams with more extroverted people, or teams whose members reported feeling more motivated to contribute to their group’s success"

"Instead, the smartest teams were distinguished by three characteristics.

First, their members contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.

Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.

Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not “diversity” (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at “mindreading” than men."

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"This last finding was another surprise. Emotion-reading mattered just as much for the online teams whose members could not see one another as for the teams that worked face to face. What makes teams smart must be not just the ability to read facial expressions, but a more general ability, known as “Theory of Mind,” to consider and keep track of what other people feel, know and believe."

24 August 2014

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | Lifehacker UK

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | Lifehacker UK

In the end, motivation and productivity don't depend as much on happiness as they do on positive thinking. Positive thinking will keep you glued to the task at hand when the going gets hard, and anticipation of success is likely to bring about success.

31 July 2014

UBS picks Barclays algo specialist for FX e-trading role

UBS picks Barclays algo specialist for FX e-trading role

"It is the third time Purves has hired former colleagues from Barclays: Soon after he joined UBS as its global head of FX e-trading in October 2010, he hired Mark Meredith as head of FX e-trading quantitative analytics and Parwinder Sekhon as head of FX algorithmic technology.

The three were tasked with completely revamping UBS’s electronic FX offering, though Meredith left last October to join Citigroup."