Busy is Easy

Too often managers I work with are sucked into the busy trap. For periods of weeks and months they seem to be hurrying from one thing to the other. From meetings, to tasks, to more meetings. It may feel productive, or feel like that’s what managers should be doing, or simply fun. I know of […]

Tailoring A Hiring Strategy

In today’s market, hiring is harder than ever before. Even businesses that are willing to pay top talent top dollar are having a hard time filling all their positions. If you’re trying to grow your company, you should make sure that your hiring strategy fits your company. The right hiring strategy varies tremendously between businesses. […]

Avoiding the “Big Guns” Stack

We were on a conference call. The client was kickstarting a new project, electing to use an ecosystem less common for them, because of business needs. Right off the bat, the names of the biggest and meanest tools for the job, in that ecosystem, were being called up. Slow your roll. I understand how reaching […]

Avoiding Surprises: Employee Career Management

“All of a sudden he came to me and told me he thinks it’s time for him to move to another team” “She left us to be a manager, but never told me she wanted to be a manager” You’ve probably heard quotes like these, and if you’ve been in management long enough, it’s likely […]

Alone at the Bridge of a Rocketship

I’ve seen many a CTO and VP R&D who have grown their company from the 3-developers-sharing-a-pizza stage up to the 3-digit-head-count state. It is common knowledge that ably managing the former has almost nothing in common with ably managing the latter. Yet, that’s not what I’ve got on my mind today. A more neglected issue […]