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Performance Review Season

I have twelve performance reviews to write this month. I expect to use, on average, 4 hours for each review. That time I will spend reviewing notes, emails, artifacts from calendar invites and code that each person has contributed to … Continue reading

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Do Something Demonstrable

I had a new employee start a couple of weeks ago. As part of the onboarding experience, I like to have weekly 1-on-1s with new hires to make sure we hit the same ground running. (my nominal 1-on-1 cycle is … Continue reading

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Do the Hardest Thing First

Recently, I’ve debated with some colleagues about the order in which a software team should attack a lengthy set of must-have issues. Their take was that the team should attack the list in an order that most quickly reduces the … Continue reading

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You’re Done Recruiting When?

I recently experienced one of the worst possible recruiting nightmares.  I had been engaged in a search for a Senior UI Developer for nearly six months.  Senior Javascript development is a high-demand skill set right now in Austin.  This particular … Continue reading

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Hunting for Software Developers

The name of the game in my life this year as a software development manager has been looking for great talent.  I estimate that I’ve spent 25-50% of my time in 2012 looking for qualified candidates.  It can be a … Continue reading

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