Life is a strange mixture of the immediately measurable and the slightly-less-measurable. Every once in a while you need to sit down and puzzle out the dimensions of something with a measuring stick that you don’t yet have. Without a reference point, how do you know what’s effective?
Another tidbit about the work I do at Microsoft: I present – that is, show PowerPoint slides (colloquially called a deck) and speak about the topics enclosed. It could be for one of a million reasons: I’m asking for funding, explaining a technical topic, justifying what I’ve done with resources, or just sitting in a room showing off clever charts I’ve made. Whatever it is, it had better not be boring. If it’s boring, I lose, and nobody will ask me to come to their party again.
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