DHH quotes on culture

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It saddens me that "must be passionate" has become code word for "must be willing to work two-jobs hours for one-job pay".


The web isn’t just another software platform. It’s the greatest software platform the world has ever seen. No permissions, no masters, readable source code. Let’s protect the heritage, work in its service, and remind ourselves just what a marvel it all really is.


Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.


Remember when “working real hard” had a goal? Like getting out of a shitty situation, so you could stop wearing yourself thin. Now the prize for “working real hard” and making it big is that you get to “work real hard” forever. Hustle culture sucks.


Searching for 10x engineers before you’ve ensured you have a 10x workplace is the epitome of premature optimization.


If you have to get up at 4am to get any work done, your workplace is broken.


Culture is what culture does. Culture isn’t what you intend it to be. It’s not what you hope or aspire for it to be. It’s what you do.


Screen-time limit enforcement set by parents on their kids’ devices is going to indoctrinate an entire generation into blindly accepting “computer says no”. If you want to be a petty authoritarian, have the decency to rip that device out of their little hands yourself 😘☠️


Company cultures dominated by the belief that everyone should be in the chat room constantly or check it every five minutes are toxic.


It begs belief how some are surprised when US drones kill your father, mother, son, daughter, brother, or sister, makes you want revenge.


Maybe if more men rejected the virtue of being married to the job, we’d also have fewer predators expecting sexual favors from it.


Codes of Conduct aren’t just there to protect marginalized groups but also to make the working atmosphere enjoyable for everyone else.


Culture is the imprint left behind from what the organization actually does. Not what it says. Not where it sits.


Culture doesn’t grow because of an unblinking gaze by a manager with direct line of sight over his underlings. Quite the contrary.


Boss sees evidence of remote working making for happier, more productive workers. Counters with belief” culture is “harmed”. Checkmate.


How to justify anything: If we don't exploit every worker and every loophole, someone else will! It's our solemn duty to crack the whip.


You can snub for passion, cultural fit, college pedigree, starting age, or you can just look at the work.

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