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We Optimise Our Products, Why Not Our Culture?

As part of the Game Outcomes Project, developers were surveyed about conditions in their workplaces for completed projects in game creation. Part two of the project’s published analysis looks at regular dysfunctions that teams have, as understood by management theory, and aspects around teamwork have a very clear positive correlation with success.

Elevator Pitch: Expert360

Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we’re talking with Bridget Loudon from Expert360.

Time Management Tips From The Busiest Person I Know

I asked the busiest person I know how he manages his time, and stays motivated, despite running a demanding business, raising two kids, continuing university, and presumably attempting to maintain some sort of social life. This is what he said.

Ask LH: How Can I Prepare Myself For Extreme Food And Sleep Deprivation?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m about to go on an extreme exercise regime unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. It involves as many as five days of complete food and sleep deprivation following a couple of weeks of pre-fatigue training. How can I prepare myself for this exercise? Thanks, Mister Masochist

App Deals: InstaCam, Sketch Rolls and Gladiator

Today’s best deals include InstaCam on Android, Sketch Rolls on iOS and I, Gladiator on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

Google Earth's Voyager Is Curating The Planet

As Google Earth turns ten years old (wow, time flies), it’s bringing out a few new features to make it easier to find interesting things on the service. Curating the globe? Easy enough for Google.

Briefly: DIY Kissing Scrub, Humble Bundle Sale, Tears Under The Microscope

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The best games from the Humble Store’s DRM-Freeeeeedom sale, create your own sweet lip scrub for soft kisses, the science of human tears laid bare.

Escape Room Tips From An Escape Room Minion

Escape rooms are a worldwide phenomenon, and although Australia is a bit late to the party, the craze is starting to catch on in a big way. As someone who’s seen many, many games played over the last six months, I’ve noticed which teams and techniques work best. Here they are.

How Much Do Financial Incentives Affect Your Product?

Starting in October of 2014, a group of statisticians have been analysing one of the biggest surveys of the game development industry ever undertaken. After putting elements like Agile, Scrum, and Waterfall, as well as various financial incentive schemes under the microscope, the extent to which they affect the final product might surprise you.

Who Has A Problem With Whom?

Who has a problem with the word “whom”? For whom should we devote grammar lessons? Who talks ill of the English language? Whom should we throw in jail?