Joel S Aufrecht Home Page1

I help groups of people organize themselves. You can hire me to facilitate your next big meeting, plan and run your next (virtual) offsite, help your team work more smoothly and productively and predictably, or knit you something warm.

I’m trying to write down everything I’ve learned helping teams work together. How can we compensate for the universal cognitive bias to ignore our own cognitive biases? How can computers fill in gaps in our brains, and where are their limits? And since everybody’s going to die sooner or later2, what should you do with the next hour of your life? I call this effort What Next?

For fun I like to make little programs, visualize data, and build odd furniture and electronic gadgets:3

picture of wood and metal pipe desk with four screens and a piano keyboard.

The 8K Sit/Stand/Walk/Flowerpot desk, now with less flowerpot and more piano

colorful scatter plot of with thousands of points, each point being a given birth name, with year of popularity on the x axes, median absolute deviation on the y axis, and median rank as a color scale

Female names, 1880–2012, excluding Mary

The upstairs neighbor's bass, visualized

pandemic crafts: toilet-paper-tube cable bin

I made a big red button.  When pushed, it locks my computer.

Do not press the big red button

Some Blog posts4