The Scientific Manager
A newsletter documenting the discoveries & challenges of a scientist-practitioner | Essays on work, systems, and human behavior

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Jul
26
What makes a scientist?

What makes a scientist?

At times, my bones are riddled with imposter syndrome.
2 min read
Jun
27
The lost art of work design

The lost art of work design

A brief introduction to the sociotechnical approach.
6 min read
May
23
Work systems and the extended mind

Work systems and the extended mind

Organizations with well-leveraged information systems have the foundations for collective intelligence—an extension of social interactivity and interconnected processes among networks of human nodes.
3 min read
May
05
On information technology

On information technology

...the age of human-machine integration may have already begun.
2 min read
Mar
14
The Challenge to Astronauts

The Challenge to Astronauts

Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” is beginning to look a lot like baby steps.
5 min read
Feb
15
Systems, leverage, and the beer game

Systems, leverage, and the beer game

There’s leverage in every system. All you need to do is find it.
3 min read
Jan
25
A New Age of Workplace Design

A New Age of Workplace Design

What working in hybrid taught me about the future of work.
8 min read
Jan
03
7 Hypotheses On the Erosion of Habit

7 Hypotheses On the Erosion of Habit

Why good habits die young.
7 min read
Dec
02
Job Diagnostics and the Motivation Equation

Job Diagnostics and the Motivation Equation

How to optimize a job to maximize motivation.
6 min read
Nov
23
Jobs, Race Cars, and the Designers Paradox

Jobs, Race Cars, and the Designers Paradox

You can't win a race with a dead driver.
2 min read