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ellen wondra

software engineer. pet herder. crafty.

My Values at Work: Iterate on Processes, Not People

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This is the second in my series on my values at work! To read the first, go here

I'm looking for a job. This means that I am going through the job interviewing process, and talking with a lot of different people about myself, and which values I embody and need to share with my employer. One value that I embody to action, and that I often repeat, is this: iterate on processes, not people. But what does that mean?

Sometimes, in a group or an organization, it can be tempting to iterate on people until you get things right. By this, I mean, feedback loops are tied primarily to individual performance, and when the outcome is negative or the system fails, an individual is fired or removed and replaced, ad infinitum, until the right...

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