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Tech Managers: Time to Grow Up and Manage Like Humans

I read Technology’s Man Problem in the New York Times this weekend. I thought those days were long gone. I guess not. Since when it is acceptable to make any comment about anybody’s body part at work? Hello? Are we … Continue reading

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Hiring Trap: Don’t Hire Anyone Older Than…

When I was a young developer, my employers were hungry for talent. They hired women, as well as men. Of course, my first employer wanted to know what birth control I used, which was an illegal question at the time. … Continue reading

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More Interview Questions Not to Ask, Part 1

I was reading Interview Questions: Hiring Experts Reveal Their Favorites. Some of them are quite good. But some of them? Not so much. Here are the ones you should avoid, and why: Who do you most admire and why? What … Continue reading

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Hiring for Diversity, Pt4: “Overqualified People”

So I’ve spoken about women and other kinds of traditional diversity, personality and experience, new grads, and now it’s time to discuss a difficult topic. What about “overqualified” people? People who have tons of experience are looking for jobs. Too … Continue reading

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“Raise the Bar” or “Increase Team Capability”?

I recently had a conversation with a gentleman at a conference, where he said they hired “to raise the bar”. I asked him what he meant by that. He started discussing the mean of the capability in the team. Well, … Continue reading

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Hiring for Diversity, pt3: New College Grads

It’s tempting to look for candidates with lots of experience for your open positions. But at this time of year, and through the fall, consider looking for new college grads. Not just because I have a daughter who just graduated, … Continue reading

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Hiring for Diversity, #2: Personality and Experience Diversity

I recently led a workshop on Hiring for an Agile Team.  We discussed diversity and I explained my position: the more complex the problem, the more personality and experience diversity you want on your team. That’s because different approaches to … Continue reading

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Hiring for Diversity, #1: Women and Other Traditional Diversity issues

There’s a push in the agile community to recognize women and see if we can’t get more women on agile teams. Whatever you think about the program, the goal is a laudable one. Hiring women creates a diversity that is … Continue reading

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Hire for Diversity of All Kinds

I read a bunch of blogs, and Evolving Excellence is consistently good. I was struck by this post, Homozygosity – That’s The Problem!. I had never heard of homozygosity before, so I looked it up. According to Merriam-Webster, it’s having … Continue reading

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Hire Junior Employees; Think Harder About Contractors

In the comments to Why Hire Junior Contractors?, one of my recruiter colleagues, MN Headhunter, asked a great question: …if we do not hire junior developers how they gain the experience to be a senior developer? I was not clear … Continue reading

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