It's not about people, it's about the RIGHT people

It's not about people, it's about the RIGHT people

In this article you'll read about: cost of desperation in IT recruitment, what's one of key requirements if you want to move "from good to great", what does Kent Beck think about bad programmers, why "just letting her/him go" is much more a big deal than one may think and what the word "recruitment" truly stands for. I've actually planned to publish something completely different today, but we all know them - stubborn, relentless thoughts that just won't let you go until you share them with the wider public. So, here it is,…

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Developer Apprenticeship: the way to sustain an organic growth?

Developer Apprenticeship: the way to sustain an organic growth?

TL;DR - educating a specialist takes time, money & effort - w/o a guarantee of final payoff. Maybe it's the time to get back to traditional apprenticeship model to secure educator's position & make job market more sane? On several occasions I've evangelized the advantages of sensible, organic growth over opportunistic, aggressive head-hunting. And I haven't changed my mind, but it'd be stupid to ignore risks & flaws of the model I recommend. Imagine the following scenario: You have a small software house. Your team puts a lot of time & energy in filtering out the most talented…

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Bozo Effect - from greatness to mediocrity

Bozo Effect - from greatness to mediocrity

Disclaimer: Some (over)sensitive readers may find this post offensive. Arrogant. Elitist. Oh well. Bozo effect (aka Bozo explosion) - gradual descent of (once unequivocally high) average employee's competence level (overall: skillwise, intellectual, attitude, etc.), usually due to lowered recruitment standards, departure of key people or general organisation culture degradation. Bozo effect is usually accompanied by ignorance - subjects lack the awareness of the downfall. The past glory is still alive & vivid in bozos' life (even if they didn't contribute to it themselves) - in fact they completely miss their present mediocrity as they've made themselves believe they keep…

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Suck VS Rock at software dev headhunting

Suck VS Rock at software dev headhunting

Last few years have turned IT recruitment market into blood-spattered area of gore, violence & ruthless brutality - it's not just that acquiring new talent is hard, expensive & time-consuming: demand keeps raising, so competition gets even more fierce over time. I have observed one interesting side effect that accompanies this trend: The gap between companies that do IT recruitment right & the ones who slack behind TENDS TO INCREASE consistently. This is especially visible during various industry-specific events, when you can see the difference with your own eyes ... Rock ... Smarties who get the idea of what engineers expect &…

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