An inverse to Parkinson’s Law?

I asked in a previous post if Parkinson’s law (Work expands to fill the time available) also worked inversely – i.e. Does the work get done more efficiently given less time to complete it. The answer, like the answer to most questions I ask, is “It depends”. I think we can all relate to situations…

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Some Trip Statistics

I’m on my way home, and thought I’d share some statistics from my trip to Denmark Nights away from home 13 Number of different restaurants I ate at ~15 (dinner every night, plus some cafe’s for lunch on the weekend) Number of train rides 18 (not including my day trip to Sweden) Number of times…

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A Special Company

I spent a few hours on the last day of my trip visiting Specialisterne, and meeting with the founder of the company. I don’t think I could have been more impressed. For those who didn’t click through to see what Specialistene are about, they employ people with autism  – specifically those with Aspberger Syndrome for…

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Travel Notes – part 2

I travel frequently for work, but I rarely have much time to check out much more than restaurants. This is a long trip (which has several drawbacks as well) and I’ve had the luxury of a weekend to do whatever I want. On Saturday, I decided to take a day trip. I started by heading…

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A letter to installation programs

Dear Installation App, I’m sure you are happy that I invited you for a visit. I know that the product you belong to would like to be used by as many people as possible. I know I only see you for a brief time before the product installs, but our time together is valuable. With…

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Travel Notes

Travel notes below, but first, I have a question for you. Parkinson’s law states that "work will always expand to fill available time" – that the lengthened schedule encourages procrastination or inefficiency. Is the inverse ever true? I.e. if you have less time for a project, will your efficiency increase in order to meet the…

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One more music post

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m on the alumni board for the school of arts and humanities at my alma mater. I’m one of the few people on the board, however, that isn’t still working in the arts – I think I was invited, in fact,because working at Microsoft seems so different from composing…

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Travel time again

If you’ve been paying attention, you would have noticed that I haven’t been travelling as much recently. I think my last trip was a short trip to Fargo a few months ago, and to Vancouver in June. I’m overdue for a long trip I guess, so I’m off to Copenhagen for just short of two…

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Computer Music and Testing?

After my last post on music, a reader emailed me and asked me about computers and music. They drew an analogy of midi files as scripted tests, and live well-interpreted music as a much better alternative. This is an analogy that doesn’t work too well. I have heard “human musicians” play with no interpretation at…

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Jamming on Testing

Over the last 15 years, on far too many occasions to count, I’ve explained to various people how software testing, and software engineering relate to music. I know other testers have made somewhat similar analogies, but I think I have a different take on the subject. I also have to admit that I get a…

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