Category Archives: Management

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk on “How great leaders inspire action” “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

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The Secret to Software Developer Productivity

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I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. – Kyle Wiens – Harvard Business Review

A good article from the Harvard Business Review blog. I definitely agree. On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or … Continue reading

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How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline

Great article on how Microsoft’s corporate culture under CEO Steve Ballmer has led to its decline: At the center of the cultural problems was a management system called “stack ranking.” Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed—every one—cited stack … Continue reading

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The Non-Programming Programmer

I just discovered this article, as well as an earlier article on Coding Horror, and can’t help but agree – the majority of programming/software engineering candidates out there looking for jobs are not qualified to be programmers. They do not … Continue reading

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If Architects Had to Work Like Software Developers

[I didn’t write this – author is unknown] Dear Mr. Architect: Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two … Continue reading

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Is The MBA Overrated?

Interesting article in Business Week: BusinessWeek research has found that fewer than one out of three executives who reach those lofty heights do so with the help of an MBA. And if you think a sheepskin from a top school … Continue reading

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The Latest Management Fad

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On Herding Cats

Just saw an interesting quote on /. from a user named plopez: Herding cats is hard because you are using the wrong management technique. You herd cattle (and sheep and goats and pigs etc.), you do *not* herd cats. Cats, … Continue reading

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Inside eBay's Innovation Machine

CIO Insight has an interesting article discussing eBay’s move to a new open architecture allowing 3rd-party integration via web APIs. Infopia is not just another software vendor. It’s part of a growing community of some 40,000 independent developers, all building … Continue reading

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