Category: DevLife

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Thoughts on LinkedIn Recruiter

We just wrapped up our first hire through LinkedIn Recruiter. Prior to this, every engineering resource at InnovoCommerce has been sourced through Stack Talent (formerly Stack Careers) directly or indirectly. We had great success with Stack and I hired two...

Interview Question: Describe a Day in the Life

Interview Question: Describe a Day in the Life

I recently conducted an interview for a managerial position and one question I wish I had asked was “Describe a day in the life of this role”. I thought of this later as I was driving, but I really like...

5 Pitfalls to Software Project Failure

Poorly Controlled Scope Scope is enemy number 1; it is the amorphous blob that threatens to consume and grow until it is an uncontrollable monster, swallowing all of your carefully planned man hours. Increases in scope are often the result...

An Alternate Meaning for FOCKED

Eric Brechner came up with one of my favorite acronyms of all time in software development: FOCKED. I want to add an alternate: Failure to Orchestrate Collective Knowledge Effectively for Delivery. Successful delivery of software requires that different members of...

Leadership and Innovation

Leadership and Innovation

From Peopleware, 3rd Edition: The propensity to lead without being given the authority to do so is what, in organizations, distinguishes people that can innovate and break free of the constraints that limit their competitors.  Innovation is all about leadership,...

Thoughts on Successful Team Management

Thoughts on Successful Team Management

Reflecting on the past year and a half, I’ve come to some conclusions on how development teams can be successful in delivering software.  I don’t think any of them are major or relevatory, but I think each team and each...

Reverse Technical Interviews

Reverse Technical Interviews

One of the things I’ve had to do quite often in the last few years is conduct technical interviews. It’s always a challenge as of course, if you want to make sure that a resource is technically competent in specific...

Home Office 2011 Edition

Finally got around the cleaning up my office (after 4 years…) .  Love the way it turned out and much more work space with much less clutter. For reference, this is what it looked like previously.

Isaacson on Jobs on Craftsmanship

Isaacson on Jobs on Craftsmanship

From an NPR interview with Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ biographer: On Jobs’ father, who rebuilt cars, and held design and craftsmanship in high regard: “He would show Steve the curve of the designs and the interiors and the shapes … and...