After finishing school, I worked in several small and
privately-owned companies. The hierarchy there is simple—the
founder is usually the CEO, and everyone else reports to him
or her. Small companies often specialize and work in a niche.
It took me four years of working in a big company to figure
out its structure and social dynamics of different groups of
employees. Below is my current understanding.
I scribbled down a few thoughts about wrinkles back in early
2015. Yes, wrinkles. During the years up to that point, I’ve
been noticing how much people yearn for youth and beauty, and
started to think about what would it mean if I had wrinkles.
The way I saw it then, having wrinkles would mean I’ve lived
long and that I haven’t died in an accident or from disease
too early. The shape of wrinkles would also indicate if I’ve
smiled or frowned a lot. I really want the wrinkles from smiling.
I was onto something by hinting at the importance of how my
time was spent, but couldn’t put it nicely in a short form.
Then this year I read On the shortness of life by Seneca, a
Roman philosopher. He wrote in the essay:
There’s no reason to believe that someone has lived long
because he has gray hair and wrinkles: he’s not lived long
but long existed.
I have a boy toddler, so excavators are always on top of my
mind. Excavators move a lot of rubble and dirt around. They
put a construction site into its initial shape. They’re big,
crude, and noisy. They can traverse soft and loose ground.
Excavators are also an apt metaphor for design sprints.
Sprints are great for getting everyone to the same level of
understanding or changing the direction of a project—beliefs
and strongly held assumptions are sometimes harder to move
than stones and dirt. Sprints also work well when you don’t
have all the details.