Experimental Mind: Hello 2022, Goals, Culture, Course, Trust, ML, Ads, Sleep, Jobs, Events…

Happy New Year 🎆

I hope you had some time off to reflect on 2021, and make plans for 2022. I joined Rick Pastoor’s Year Plan Day and have outlined my goals for the next two months, I’m already working on some exciting stuff. The next coming weeks I will onboard Ship 30 for 30, to write and publish 30 (short) essays. Looking forward to build that writing habit. ✍️

And I will continue to write this newsletter. Last year I’ve spent 100+ hours (yes, I track that time) reading and crafting this newsletter and I love doing it. With now over 800 subscribers, it’s clear that many others like it too. ❤️‍🔥

I’ve finally purchased the Experimental Mind domain and already moved the job board to it: experimentalmind.com/jobs. It’s my goal to make this newsletter and website the place to go to learn about experimentation. And to help people to find their next career opportunity. 🚀

I would deeply appreciate you sharing this newsletter with 2 people you think might get value out of it. Thank you.

And now to the actual content: 6 articles, 4 events and 16 jobs.


🔎 What I’ve been reading the last two weeks

1.Building a Culture of Experimentation
1.Building a Culture of Experimentationvistaprint.io

A post by Lukas Vermeer describing Vista’s cross-organizational effort to make Experimentation an integral part of the culture.

2. Learn how to accelerate innovation with A/B testing

In this class, Ronny Kohavi will teach everything he knows about A/B testing in 5 two hour session, starting on January 31. The first cohort was rated a 4.8 out of 5. If you register via my affiliate link, you will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and you will also support this newsletter. You can register here.

3. Patterns of Trustworthy Experimentation: Post-Experiment Stage – Microsoft Research

Latest blogpost from the Microsoft Experimentation team:

At Microsoft, the trustworthiness of A/B test results is essential for data-driven decisions. In earlier parts of our trustworthy ­experimentation series, we shared patterns and some recommendations to increase trustworthiness in both pre- and during- experiment stages. Now we tackle the final stage in the experiment lifecycle.

4. Learn Machine Learning from Cassie Kozyrkov

Making Friends with Machine Learning was an internal-only Google course specially created to inspire beginners and amuse experts. Now, it is available to everyone! See this introduction:

5. Does Personalized Advertising Work as Well as Tech Companies Claim?

Many Big Tech companies have created platforms that offer businesses tips and tools and services to better target their customers online. These can be helpful — but anybody relying on them needs to be very careful. That’s because many of these companies’ claims about how to measure advertising effectiveness are wrong.

6. The Effects on Cognition of Sleeping 4 Hours per Night for 12-14 Days: a Pre-Registered Self-Experiment

I’ve always liked to do some small personal experiments. But never so rigorous as Alexey Guzey did with this sleep experiment.

I slept 4 hours a night for 14 days and didn’t find any effects on cognition (assessed via Psychomotor Vigilance Task, a custom first-person shooter scenario, and SAT). I’m a 22-year-old male and normally I sleep 7-8 hours. I was fully alert (very roughly) 85% of the time I was awake, moderately sleepy 10% of the time I was awake, and was outright falling asleep 5% of the …

🚀 Job opportunities

For many people the Festive Season is a time to think. And reflect on what you want to do in life. Maybe it’s time for a new challenge in your career. If you’re experiencing this, please try to create it your current role. Otherwise, consider looking for other opportunities. There are plenty of open roles.

The job board currently has 16 open roles. Take a look.

And these are the latest featured jobs:

Is your company hiring? Post your open roles to the job board. Readers of this newsletter can post for free, simply use the same email address.

📅 Upcoming events

This is a running list of upcoming events:

Do you know of an event that should be on this list? Let me know.

💬 Quote of the week

“The old is dead, and I don’t know what the new is. The only way to find the new is to start different things and see if there’s something that can come out of experimentation.” — David Lynch

😉 Four tips for a good 2022

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Have a great week — and keep experimenting.

Kevin