Monkey Habits

As soon as a capable black monkey on its own initiative and effort will develop a desert from scratch into a record yield plantation, a white monkey from a backward stagnating place will arrive. The white monkey will take over leadership and start to teach the black monkeys on how to grow bananas. This will continue until performance dives to the low bottom and the black monkeys are blamed of all that. The white monkey is promoted to upper tree branch and forgets for a while to interfere with daily activity.

Do you have a pointless job?

What’s the point of your job?

If you spend your days in wasteful meetings, or send emails that create yet more worthless emails in an endless loop, you’ve likely asked yourself that very question.

People from all walks of life have pondered the meaning of work—and some cultures have come up with some creative ways to define tasks that have little substance or social value.

So if you think you’re merely paid to look busy, you’re not alone. In fact, there are three categories of pointless jobs. Is yours one of them?

Be Careful What You Wish For

When there’s a will to fail, obstacles can be found. John McCarthy (1983)

John McCarthy (September 4, 1927October 24, 2011) was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist who received the Turing Award in 1971 for his major contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He was responsible for the coining of the term “Artificial Intelligence” in his 1955 proposal for the 1956 Dartmouth Conference and was the inventor of the Lisp programming language.

Back to the Basics

Here is how to do something in an agile fashion:

  • What to do:
  • Find out where you are
  • Take a small step towards your goal
  • Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
  • Repeat
  • How to do it:

When faced with two or more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.