Bonuses At August

Occasionally in the course of running our business, we will create excess profits. Excess? Profits? I thought we were a for-profit business! Turns out you can have too much profit. For example, if you’re not expecting to have a…

Type 2 Organizations

Spencer shared the following quote with me last week, from Jeff Bezos’ most recent annual letter: Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible — one-way doors — and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and…

Scheduling at Undercurrent

Standardizing timing changes everything. Scheduling and resourcing used to be a complete mess at Undercurrent. Individuals and teams would be double- and triple-booked some weeks, while their colleagues had nothing to do. Building a team required hours of concerted effort:…

The Undercurrent Skills Maturity Matrix

Flat organizations are great. They put more people against the actual work of the company, and prevent unnecessary bureaucracy from forming around the products of the organization. But they don’t solve for progression. Undercurrent’s work is VERY flat.…