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Rest Weeks and Catch-Up Sprints in Agile
Agile & scrum friends, what’s your preferred frequency for Rest Weeks/Catch-up Sprints in a project? I like every 4 sprints; I’m interested in what you do.

If your response is “Rest weeks??”, please know that your process is damaging your team members’ health.
agile  scrum  sprints  rest  burnout  productivity  management 
yesterday by spaceninja
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
> I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

This rang with me and I sent it to Rachel but now I can't remember what's in it so I probably ought to re-read it
burnout  culture  adhd  milennial  work 
3 days ago by aaronbeekay
Getting Toasty: Observations on Burnout - Angersock
I’ve yet to see a really good essay by anybody who isn’t a developer talking about engineer burnout. JWZ, Rachel Kroll, or cbloom (back before he zorched his rambles) are all good examples, but otherwise I haven’t seen a lot else.

I’ll add some data points to it, go in-depth on what I think causes it, and attempt to offer some advice for engineers and managers.

Important note 1: This is all very heavily-based on my own experiences, as a beginner up to now senior developer with experience bootstrapping (and failing), hiring, and growing teams, and grinding on terrible projects. My experience may not match yours. That’s cool. Go write your own blog post about it and help bring sunlight to a nasty topic.

Important note 2: Burnout sucks. This should be discussed solemnly in person, on IRC, or over email, but until that’s more common maybe this will help people find a starting point. I’m sick of self-serving Medium articles and Twitter circlejerks with people singewashing their experiences for pageviews.
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5 days ago by pfctdayelise
Burnout Self-Test - Stress Management from MindTools.com
Burnout Self-Test
Checking Yourself for Burnout
Burnout Self-Test - Are You at Risk?

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Are you at risk of burning out?

Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in.

This tool can help you check yourself for burnout. It helps you look at the way you feel about your job and your experiences at work, so that you can get a feel for whether you are at risk of burnout.
burnout 
6 days ago by pfctdayelise
I Don’t Have the Bandwidth
> BAD METAPHORS is an ongoing series that takes a critical look at the figures of speech that shuttle between technology and everyday life.

> In the gentle shrugging off of blame, “bandwidth” as metaphor becomes a useful distortion, since there is no regulatory body assigning us an emotional frequency spectrum.

> When we discuss feelings and relationships in terms of “bandwidth” we are treating them like megabits of information.
sophie-haigney  friendship  burnout 
6 days ago by jasdev

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