Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Trick or Treat of Offshore Development — A Strategy for Success

This Sunday is Halloween – a (mostly) American annual holiday observed on October 31.  On Halloween, there’s a tradition of “trick or treating” – children dress in costumes and go from house to house in search of sweet treats by … Continue reading

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Managing Outside Your Area of Expertise

Most new managers get promoted into a position in which they manage people doing the same thing they were doing before they got promoted.  Software developers become software development managers.  Sales reps become sales managers.  Clerks at the supermarket become … Continue reading

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Be Careful When Hiring a Friend

In my last post, “Learning from Mistakes,” I discussed a question I like to ask interview candidates: “What is the biggest mistake you’ve made?” and promised to explain how I would answer that same question. Before finishing, I’ll equivocate a … Continue reading

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Learning from Mistakes

One of my favorite interview questions is “In your recent jobs, what is the biggest mistake you’ve made?”  There’s a natural follow-up question: “What did you learn that would help you avoid making that mistake again?” There are several things … Continue reading

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Oracle OpenWorld 2010 – The Final Word

Last week’s Oracle OpenWorld was the biggest one yet, with increased attendance resulting from the addition of Sun and Java topics.  More than 41,000 attendees joined Oracle at their annual showcase event. There was a lot of news, coupled with … Continue reading

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