Category: DevLife

On Culture, Trust, and Effective Teams

Over the weekend, I listened to a TED Radio Hour podcast titled The Meaning of Work.  The whole thing is worth a listen, but there was something in the first segment by Margaret Heffernan which really caught my attention: Social...

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...

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,...

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...