Successful Software Management: 14 Lessons Learned

© 2003 Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Crosstalk, Dec 2003. This article is the outgrowth of my original talk/article, Successful Engineering Management: 7 Lessons Learned Successful managers realize that they need to balance the needs of the business, the employees, and the work environment to be effective. In this article, the author …

Hire People, Not Tools

Originally published in Computerworld. If yours is like many other organizations, your hiring freeze has lifted—a little. Maybe you have one or two open requisitions now, or maybe you think you’ll have one in a month or so. That’s great. Now it’s time to think about what kind of person you require in your group. …

Teambuilding at Work

One good thing about the slow economy is that organizations are no longer spending money on extras such as teambuilding sessions. Those sessions typically come in two styles: physical challenges such as ropes courses or shooting rapids; or touchy-feely sessions where you’re supposed to confess your deepest, darkest secrets to your co-workers, and then hug …

Ready, Aim… Hire

When is a year of experience not a year of experience? When that experience doesn’t match your needs. Take my friend Zack for instance. A VP of Development, he recently came to me with a problem. “We hire the best people money can buy,” he said. “They have degrees and tons of experience. Why can’t …

Hiring in Alignment

If you’re like most IT managers, you have a couple of open reqs. You’d like to make the most of your reqs, and you don’t want to take a long time to hire. To hire the most suitable candidate who aligns with your strategy and needs, find candidates with relevant experience and then ask them …

Beyond Tool Use

© 2002 Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Software Development, October 2002. When hiring personnel, subject domain expertise, industry experience and software skills, combined with corporate culture simpatico, make for a well-rounded worker. by Johanna Rothman Jim, a hiring manager in search of a developer, is talking to Jane, a human resources recruiter: …

A Problematic Truth: You’re Too Valuable Where You Are

“No Fred, we’re not considering you for that promotion. You’re too valuable where you are.” How many of us have heard those words, or said them at least once to our staff? Sometimes, we use the “too valuable” phrase to avoid discussing problems with a staff member, problems you can bring out in the open …

Hiring IT Staff: Asking the Right Questions

by Johanna Rothman. Originally published in Cutter’s Business-IT Alignment E-Mail Advisor, February 2, 2000. A number of IT alignment issues are related to the difficulties in hiring staff. Let’s assume you’re in “constant hiring” mode — you continually get resumes, interview people, and decide on whether to hire various candidates. But are you asking questions …