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Two Minutes of Interview Advice

Two Minutes of Interview Advice

Recently, my wife was getting ready to leave for the airport to fly out for a job interview. As I was carrying her luggage out to the car, I offered up all the best advice I could offer in the…

Blueprint For a Failed Project

Blueprint For a Failed Project

There are a myriad of ways that a software development project can fail. Before we talk about some ways, let’s define failure. The most common is a project that comes in late and over budget. This is certainly bad and…

The Reluctant or Accidental Software Development Manager

The Reluctant or Accidental Software Development Manager

Once upon a time, hardware was hardware, software was software and business was business. In those days, cross-functional fraternization was frowned upon in most organizations. About the most one could do was write a memo—and then throw it over the…

A Different Approach to Cover Letters

A Different Approach to Cover Letters

What a Hiring Manager Should See In the technical staffing side of our business, when we submit a candidate to a company we forward over at least two pieces of information: 1) a resume, and 2) a paragraph or two…

How to Determine if a Company is a Good Fit For You

How to Determine if a Company is a Good Fit For You

When looking for a job, you must determine what’s important to you. Think what you love about the job versus compensation. How do you size up a company to determine if it will be a good long-term fit for you?

Git Versus Subversion

Git Versus Subversion

Git and Subversion (SVN) are two popular free source control systems. I use them both in my daily work, and I’ve come to appreciate their differing strengths and weaknesses. This article is about my personal experiences and opinions. I’ve used…

Why Does Your Software Development Cost So Much??

Why Does Your Software Development Cost So Much??

I had a conversation recently with a C-Level executive of a small, but very successful company. He was bemoaning his relationship with software teams over the years. In so many words, he said to me, “When I oversaw software projects,…

Have Code Ready for the Interview

Have Code Ready for the Interview

Lately, I’ve been seeing a trend whereby hiring managers are asking for a code sample—either after a phone interview or even prior to the interview as part of an initial candidate review. Managers might look the code over in order…

Minimum Viable Product

Minimum Viable Product

These poor ladies… They look perfect in every detail. But at what cost? Can you imagine what time they have to start dressing? The party starts at eight o’clock. Two hours to do my hair, an hour to get into…

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Remember the line “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men? I’ll put it as a question: “Can you handle the truth?” and then explain. Over and over, we hear about the shortage of technical employees and candidates…

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