I visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam recently and, to my surprise, I left the exposition having learned something that matters beyond art.
Summary: accepting objections is one of the most valuable skills a manager can learn, and yet the role models we get fail to highlight this
As many other geeks, I have always been fascinated by aviation and its history. One of the things that kept intriguing me was a simple question: what could cause the dramatic decline in the number of plane crashes attributable to pilot error?
I recently found an answer to that question in a How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer, crediting two different factors for the increased safety.
I still remember one of the most interesting questions I have been asked last year when I was interviewing for a Software Engineering position:
How would you explain to a 12 years old what an API is?
At first, I was surprised: it certainly sounded like an uncommon question for a Software Engineering interview. And yet I tried to answer as best I could, trying to come up with a concise definition that could convey what I meant, but without assuming any specialist knowledge about computers and software.
As I progressed with the interview, it became evident what kind of ability my interviewer was trying to test.
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