Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


04 Jul 2008, 18:39 p.m.

One Peace At A Time

In school the teachers said, the real world isn't so forgiving, you won't be able to get extensions on your papers, you'll get worse consequences than bad grades if you do a poor job. And …

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14 Jun 2008, 22:22 p.m.

Brick To The Back Of The Head

Zack Weinberg once told me that a relative of his had predicted a change in Zack. Zack was about to move to New York City to start at Columbia, and the relative predicted that, after …

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01 May 2008, 7:55 a.m.

Designed For Me

The Crooked Timber folks talking about the skill of management. One point in that discussion: communication of academic concepts to non-academics requires serious empathy. Gotta work on that. In fact, gotta work on my presentation …

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26 Apr 2008, 22:08 p.m.

Acting As If

As a matter of course I wish to direct you to for random links I run across while dallying on the Web. Example: the hilarious "I consume, but then analyze!" which is by the …

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23 Apr 2008, 15:27 p.m.

Questionnaire For Vendors

We got a demo of a fancy new web-based software tool -- project management, task tracking, bug tracking, collaboration, Agile, Extreme Programming, a singing, dancing, iterating revue. I know a little something about the tradeoffs …

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16 Apr 2008, 9:20 a.m.


I now grok feedback I've been getting from my superiors for weeks. I need to improve my listening skills and help other people feel comfortable in difficult discussions. Time to reread Carnegie!

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18 Feb 2008, 9:17 a.m.


Leonard read a 1986 edition of Programmers at Work from Microsoft Press. The back cover includes ads for other contemporary books, including Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC with Peter Norton on the cover. Like …

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16 Feb 2008, 20:05 p.m.

Lessons Of The Past Few Weeks

I work better when I keep my inbox to fewer than ten messages on a daily basis. Everything that's not a to-do task goes into one big archive folder that I can search or sort …

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16 Feb 2008, 11:55 a.m.

Superiority Dance

A couple of years ago, I tried to explain to Eric that he had a bad conversational habit. When Person A brings what she thinks is a new item into the conversation, and Person B …

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02 Feb 2008, 17:45 p.m.

Here We Go

By day two at Behavior I got assigned to a project. Every company advertising a job says that you must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and this is the first time since Salon I've …

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