Andy Singleton on Managing Distributed Agile Projects

I have just listened to an excellent podcast interview with Andy Singleton from Assembla in which the discussion ranges around his extreme views on how to run highly productive distributed software teams. Top tips include “don’t interview when hiring”, “don’t estimate work”, “don’t do conference calls”, etc… Contentious, but very well explained and justified. This …

Continue reading ‘Andy Singleton on Managing Distributed Agile Projects’ »

Hiring Software Developers: The Agile Aptitude Test

I know it’s a funny time to be writing about hiring with so many layoffs, but any company which can afford to hire needs to hire the right people more than ever. We have spent a lot of time and effort on the traditional CVC/resume and interview process, and still managed to reject the great …

Continue reading ‘Hiring Software Developers: The Agile Aptitude Test’ »

Setting up for a new developer or new workstation

Setting up everything needed to get a new developer up to speed, or an old one going on a new workstation can be one of the most irritating aspects of working in software development. I currently use three separate PCs, two of which are now relatively old but largely stable, and one which is newer, …

Continue reading ‘Setting up for a new developer or new workstation’ »

One in Five Employers Uses Social Network Sites When Hiring People

From time to time I get involved in a bout of recruiting, and part of that process is inevitable trying to sort the wheat from the chaff to decide which ones to bring in for a detailed interview. Naturally one of the first things I do when presented with details of a new candidate is …

Continue reading ‘One in Five Employers Uses Social Network Sites When Hiring People’ »

What makes a grade A developer

A nicely focussed blog post which draws on experience of striving for top grades at college and applies the thoughts to a career in software, touching on teamwork, and indirectly on recruiting in the process. Kris Kemper » Blog Archive » What makes a grade A developer As an aside, this is my 200th post …

Continue reading ‘What makes a grade A developer’ »

Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit—And You Should Too – Harvard Business Online’s Bill Taylor

It’s generally considered as tough to recruit the best, most committed and most passionate people. One approach is to offer good pay in an attempt to tempt potential new hires. Another, radical, approach is instead to offer to pay people to quit. If this sounds unlikely, you need to read this article: Why Zappos Pays …

Continue reading ‘Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit—And You Should Too – Harvard Business Online’s Bill Taylor’ »