and now part 3:
11. Leave a “fidget” on your desk at all times.
If you are lucky (or unlucky depending on your need for companionship) enough to have your own office, there will often be a steady stream of visitors to this office. Developers, managers, business analysts, project managers all find their way to your desk to talk about the data. This is a good sign. You must be doing something right, even if it’s just the cookies.
I placed an innocent looking “fidget” on my desk when I got my new office. It was a little plastic disk with a fairly strong magnet inside. Along with this disk came about 30 nuts (no I’m not talking about the people who came to visit me; I mean actual metal nuts that would go with a “bolt”). The magnet made the nuts moldable and also hard to lose. I thought it might help the occasional restless developer work through some process.
Boy Howdy, was this thing popular. I don’t think I ever saw anyone sit in the chair opposite me who didn’t absentmindedly reach for the fidget and start creating works of art. One guy spent about a week trying to shape the nuts into a hand flipping me off (that’s just his thing; he doesn’t hate me). When that novelty wore off, then he started trying for height records before the magnet failed.
Another developer became a big fan of the fidget as well and started a covert contest of “Fidget Art” with Magnetic Bird Man. I can’t remember the title of his work, but I have officially declared his piece the winner:
I did not pack up this fidget in my box- o-belongings. I felt the guys had grown too attached to it and to deprive them of their fidget would be cruel. I’ll have to get a new one now, anyone have any suggestions?