This is why you never end up hiring good developers

You are bad at giving technical interviews. Yes, you. You’re looking for the wrong skills, hiring the wrong people, and actively screwing yourself and your company.

via This is why you never end up hiring good developers – Quartz.

This doesn’t just apply to developers, it should apply to anyone working in a “must know how to think and ask questions” position.


Why America's Employment System Is so Broken

Marketing guru Seth Godin once said, “Don’t find customers for your products; find products for your customers.”

Employers need to adopt a similar mindset: Don’t find people for your jobs; create jobs for talented people.

via Ask The Headhunter: Why America’s Employment System Is so Broken | The Business Desk with Paul Solman | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

Thanks for passing this along Ernie. Jobs, hmmm.


Rands In Repose: Free Electron

Free Electron Got’chas:

» There are two classes of Free Electrons. Sr. Electrons and Jr. Electrons. Both have similarly productivity yields, but the Senior versions have become politically aware. In technology savvy organizations, most CTOs fall into this category. Think Bill Joy. The Junior versions have all the ability, they just don’t have the experience of dealing with people because they spent a lot of the youth writing their own operating system as a intellectual exercise. These Junior electrons represent the single best hire you can make as a hiring manager. If you get two in twenty years, you’re doing something right.

» Misdirected Free Electron intensity can yield odd results. On one project, I assigned a couple of slippery memory corruption bugs to a Free Electron who nodded quietly and promptly vanished for a week. When he returned, the bugs were fixed and the entire database layer had been rewritten. A piece of code that’d taken two engineers roughly six months to design had been totally redone in seven days. Sound like a great idea until you realize we were working on a small update and did not have the resources or time to test a brand spankin’ new database layer. Oops.

via Rands In Repose: Free Electron.


The Twinge

As a manager, think of your day as one full of stories. All day, you’re hearing stories from different people about the different arcs that are being played out in the hallways and conference rooms.

via Rands In Repose: The Twinge.