The sub-theme this week is on trying to find ways to improve developer happiness and to reduce unpleasant time wasters.
Rafe Colburn in Don’t order your team to work more hours talks about bosses who ask staff to work more hours:
Every time you’re tempted to do so, sit down with members of the team and ask them how many hours a week they spend dealing with stuff not related to shipping and work to make those things go away instead.
David Heinemeier Hansson gets specific in Refusing administrative minutiae, picking on expense reports.
Optimizing your business for happiness is about a lot of things, but taking out all the needless administrative minutiae seems like one of the easiest. Why aren’t you?
Pass these on to your boss.