DHH quotes on productivity

Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp & HEY, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver.

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The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.


The productivity boost from working remotely does not come from replacing all those in-office meetings with a bunch of video calls. It comes from turning all those meetings into write-ups instead. Status updates, pitches, ideas. Write. Them. Down.


My most potent secret to productivity, satisfaction, and wellbeing: I sleep nine hours or more every night.


There's a lot of focus on productivity when it comes to remote work, and yes, that's a key factor, but it's not close to the most important one. HUMAN FLOURISHING is far more crucial! Productivity plays into that in the form of accomplishments, but so does a location of love.


Key to 10x productivity is not so much being endless clever in how to solve problems, but in deciding which need solving in the first place.


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


Paying for developer productivity & joy has newer been a better deal. Servers much cheaper, developers much more expensive than in say '04.

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