Experimental Mind: Hippo’s, Mountains, Slacking, Growing Experimentation Culture

Hey friends,

In today’s Experimental Mind newsletter five articles, from Jeff Gothelf, Tom Kerwin, Jacob Singh, Ben Dressler and Experiment Nation. Plus … updated job opportunities and events.

Everything is handpicked and in one easy digestible email, so you can focus on running your experiments. Enjoy.

📰 What I’ve been reading this week

1. The Highest Paid Person's Opinion
1. The Highest Paid Person’s Opinionjeffgothelf.com

Jeff Gothelf on how to tame the hippo:

Every company makes decisions based on the highest paid person’s opinion. It turns out it’s just a hypothesis.

2. Funnels vs Mountains

We are all familiar with the conversion funnel. Tom Kerwin makes the case we should actually turn it around: it’s a mountain.

We can increase people’s motivation to climb the mountain by reducing the height, making the climb easier, or make the top of the mountain more desirable.

Read his Twitter thread.

[tweet https://twitter.com/tom_d_kerwin/status/1444056555750494211]

3. Experiment Nation: The Conference

Last week the Experiment Nation organized their virtual conference with a diverse set of speakers with talks on all kinds of topics around experimentation. In case you’ve missed it, you can you can still get access to some of the sessions.

4. The case for slacking off at work
4. The case for slacking off at workjacobsingh.name

One of the biggest mistakes organizations make as they scale is they try to optimize for utilization. That’s a fancy way of saying “keeping everyone busy.”

Jacob Singh makes the case for building in slack.

5. Grow an experimentation culture at your company

Ben Dressler (former Spotify) shares his ideas in this short lecture series:

🚀 Job opportunities

This week’s featured jobs: 

And … there are another 11 opportunities on the job board.

📅 Upcoming events

This is a running list of upcoming events:

💬 Quote of the week

“Always make sure you’re doing little experiments every day to move yourself forward on the things you’re interested in.” — James Altucher

😉 Fun of the week

Wally invents data

🙏 Thanks for reading

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