?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Customers also searched for: how to lie with statistics - Lindsey Kuper [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Lindsey Kuper

[ website | composition.al ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Customers also searched for: how to lie with statistics [Jan. 27th, 2006|09:23 am]
Lindsey Kuper

I've been spending the last few days reworking the statistical portion of our product. After a year and a half of using it and watching other people use it, it's very exciting to be on the other side for a change. And as someone who's fascinated by the visual display of quantitative information, it's been a lot of fun to take apart and put back together in what I hope is a cleaner, better, more elegant way.

Honestly, it was hard to muster this kind of enthusiasm for my old job; even though I really enjoyed the work, it boiled down to doing the same sorts of things over and over for each client, and it eventually got to feel like I was treading water. With my new job, I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere because I'm working on our own product, working to improve it in ways I really care about. On a given day, I might or might not accomplish a lot, but every little thing I manage to fix improves the product in a tiny way. We'll be pushing to production very soon, and it's cool to have that kind of nearly instant gratification.

Plus, now I get to say things like "pushing to production". Hott.

LinkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: stingmeyer
2006-01-27 06:21 pm (UTC)
And as someone who's fascinated by the visual display of quantitative information...

Likewise--thanks for the reference. O~
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-01-28 12:33 am (UTC)
My pleasure. I'm a big slut for fan of Tufte.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: fellow_traveler
2006-01-28 01:41 am (UTC)

Welcome to the Jungle

With my new job, I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere because I'm working on our own product, working to improve it in ways I really care about. On a given day, I might or might not accomplish a lot, but every little thing I manage to fix improves the product in a tiny way. We'll be pushing to production very soon, and it's cool to have that kind of nearly instant gratification.
Yeah, it's like crack, isn't it? Anytime I get assigned to work on anything like your old job, I pretty much completely freak out. It takes a concerted mental effort to keep myself from throwing a tantrum.

"Noo! I could be making new things!!!"
(Reply) (Thread)