What happened when I asked 46 people for feedback
Work gets better when the relationships you have with the people you work with get better. But you only have one perspective on those relationships - your own. Few of your colleagues will be comfortable volunteering their perspective. Asking them face-to-face is awkward at best. And sadly, even in the most high-trust workplaces, you're unlikely to learn much that is actionable from simply asking for feedback.
Feedback is a gift. Its one of the best things someone can give you. Magical things happen when you create an environment and habit where that feedback can flow. If it flows both to you and between people you work with it will continously make work better for all of you.
So today I’m sharing my experience of getting incredibly insightful feedback from 44 of my closest colleagues.
What is the best WiFi for Coworking spaces?
There were periods of The Skiff’s history where access to the Internet from The Skiff was a running joke. We had members leave the space because it would occasionally become unusable for them. As one of the bare essentials for the vast majority of our coworkers this was inexcusable. It distracted us for months as we tried to create a network that we could all depend upon.
Me and Steve Ballmer in 2007
Back in 2007 I asked Steve Ballmer a question at an event for people in the web industry in London. He didn't seem to understand it (to be fair I felt so out of my depth asking him a question, I probably wasn't being very articulate) so he asked me to follow up with an email. This is what I sent:
10 Things You Should Shout at Brilliant Web Developers
I spent Friday at ConfShop in the company of some of the most talented people in the UK web industry. Elliot Jay Stocks and Keir Whitaker pulled off a risky new event format that resulted in far more insight into the experiences of other attendees than I've ever before gained from a conference. Their "insites" brand is very aptly named. Some of the things I heard inspired me to write this, my first blog post in a very long time:
The unsolved scaling challenge
Everyone knows that scaling websites so that they can serve millions of users a day is hard. Most Twitter users have seen the famous Fail Whale often enough, which usually shows up because some component of Twitter's website isn't handling an increase in traffic so well. Many people familiar with web services can also appreciate the additional challenge that comes with providing an API, especially when, as is the case of Twitter, it has to handle 10 times the traffic of the website.
Pre-investment and Pre-revenue Product Development BootCycle
I have an idea about providing support for pre-investment & pre-revenue product development which I’ve been discussing with various people in Brighton for over a year now. It’s called BootCycle and it’s an approach to mashing up some of the best bits of Y Combinator, BarCamp, OpenCoffee, Coworking & Hack Day to help people launch products. I ran a session at BarCamp Bournemouth to get some more feedback and it again came up in conversation at Open Hack London this weekend. I felt it probably about time that I stuck it in my blog…