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Coding, Operations, Etc.

What Google gets right, and where it fails

In the past couple days there's been several articles about how Google's interview process has failed. The headlines are overblown, inaccurate really, but to be expected giving the goal of getting clicks. In reality Peter Norvig was talking about counterintuitive findings. They were surprised to find that some ...

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In people, tagged: hiring, interviewing, and opinion.

Types of Software Engineers (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part post on the general categories of software engineers. To pick things up at the beginning, check out the first.

Researcher

Big problems with lots of unknowns. Don't know where to start. Call in someone who's good at dealing with ambiguity and ...

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In people, tagged: hiring, and opinion.

Types of Software Engineers (Part 1)

You can't hire solely rock stars and hiring the wrong person is worse than leaving the position vacant, but what makes someone right? In the first of a series of posts on building and manging teams, I'd like to talk about the types of software engineering positions. Who ...

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In people, tagged: hiring, and opinion.

Rock Star Devs Are Not Overrated

About the only thing a rock star developer and their namesakes have in common are they're both exceedingly rare.

I've run across several articles recently that discount the value of rock star developers and after reading them I'm left with the impression that the authors wouldn't ...

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In people, tagged: hiring, and opinion.