Yihui's user manual (working style)

Hi! Seems like you're interested in finding out how I work. You're on the right page. If we match, feel free to connect with me or DM me on Twitter.

Who am I and what I can do


How I like to work

  • My own desk space, but I don't mind co-working spaces and occasionally cafes
  • I also love a collaborative space where I can easily collaborate with my team
  • I'm more productive doing my work in the mornings (GMT+8). So, ideally no meetings until after lunch
  • I like to have an option to work from home and from the office. A change of an environment from time to time is always nice

What's the best way to communicate with me

  • Asynchronous — drop me a message or a doc (or a Loom video) with more details. I take time to think through and process responses.
  • Weekly catchups are great to see how we're doing and review each other, either on a video call or in-person
  • Phone or video call me if it's urgent and/or important. Otherwise, let's schedule a session instead

How I like to receive feedback

  • I like 1-1s, or in a group no more than 3 people
  • "Hey Yihui, can I give you some feedback regarding (topic)?"
  • Don't be afraid of asking specific questions and questioning my methods/ideas as long as there's a rationale behind it
  • Don't wait until the last minute to let me know if you found something strange about my work
  • I welcome feedback, but try to be as specific and structured as you can. Examples are great too, so I'll definitely appreciate them

What brings me joy and satisfaction at work

  • Organised, structured, good processes — If there isn't one, I'm more than happy to help and create a system to make improvements
  • Collaborating with people working towards a shared goal
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Goals and values are aligned
  • Support is given when requested
  • Share feedback with me about my work (or anything) so I know where I can do better

What drains my energy at work

  • Last minute changes when the deadline is already looming
  • Micromanagement
  • Long meetings, especially with no clear agenda
  • Aimless work. If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority
  • If I lose sight of the vision or goal of the project, that means I'm overworked