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5 Ways to surround yourself with awesome
[Repost from my personal blog .] I'm surprised at how often it comes up, the issue of creating a "culture of awesome" where you work. And honestly, as much as I think of it in terms of the software profession, the path to getting there likely applies...
The problem and opportunity with accountants' view on software people
[Note: This is a repost from my personal blog .] I was having lunch with a colleague the other day, talking about the strange state of affairs that is software developer hiring. There's a great desire at the executive and accounting level to hire people...
Five things to remember when trying to change a company
One of the recurring things I've seen at companies large and small is that they often have really great people who don't necessarily have the breadth of experience to push processes in the "right" direction. It's happening a lot less in software circles...
Today's ideal developer
Scott Hanselman wrote a short blog post about developers vs. Googlers , but I really love where that inspired Rick Strahl to go . Having been in a lot of positions to hire people over the years, I think Rick really goes in depth with regard to skills...
Everyone else is doing it (incorrectly)!
[This is actually a repost from my personal blog, but I think the technical audience might “dig” it as well.] Innovation is hard. You can definitely foster it, but you can't really force it. It's completely fascinating when people innovate in a massively...
Building for Web scale is a different skill
There are a lot of things that one can find satisfying about building stuff for the Web. For a lot of people, it's probably just the act of building something cool, pretty and useful. These are certainly things to strive for, but for me, the interesting...
The burden of hiring software developers
(I wrote this for my personal blog , but it’s obviously an important topic here.) I've had the unusual opportunity to hire and manage people on and off starting with my first real job after college. I think it's one of the hardest things to do because...
A year of remote working
[Note: I originally posted this on my personal blog , but it occurs to me that it’s likely something of general interest to software developers. -J] Today is my last day working for Humana, after about a year. One of the initial considerations in taking...
Software development is (mostly) a trade, and what to do about it
(This is another cross-post from my personal blog . I don’t even remember when I first started to write it, but I feel like my opinion is well enough baked to share.) I've been sitting on this for a long time, particularly as my opinion has changed dramatically...
Recruiterisms
Once you get your name out there in the world of software, you’re pretty much out there for eternity. This means that your name and contact details will find their way into the databases of recruiters and staffing firms everywhere. The truth is that it...
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