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Overdoing the perks in IT

July 16, 2014 2 Comments
Overdoing the perks in IT

Rachel Feintzeig at the New York Times has an interesting piece on how the perk-rich environment of Silicon Valley is causing problems for non-SV companies: Years ago, it was just Silicon Valley firms that vied to outdo one other on perks, but as more companies go on the hunt for skilled workers to power their technology, […]

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Keeping a strong IT staff despite layoffs

October 21, 2013 0 Comments
Keeping a strong IT staff despite layoffs

Two previous posts have talked about conducting triage on your IT projects and what you should do in shutting down those projects that don’t make the cut.. Now, what about your IT staff? Having been on both sides of employee layoffs, I can tell you that they are not any fun for anyone involved. This […]

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The 5 books every IT manager should read right now

September 30, 2013 1 Comment
The 5 books every IT manager should read right now

In a prior post I talked about setting up a reading program for your IT department. However, whether or not you can get your IT engineers to read, you yourself need to be aware of the fundamental realities of IT project management and software engineer that have been discovered again and again. In other words, […]

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Online censorship — in 1985

September 25, 2013 0 Comments
Online censorship — in 1985

Mike Godwin (yes, that Mike Godwin) raised a question over on Facebook about early use of the internet here in the United States. I knew that I had been on the ‘net (for e-mail and USENET purposes) in the early to mid-1980s, and so did some Googling to see if any traces of that still […]

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How to retain IT talent with goal alignment

September 16, 2013 2 Comments
How to retain IT talent with goal alignment

Back in 1990, I was hired by the principals of a start-up company (Pages Software) to build an engineering team from scratch to create a new product: a design-oriented word processor. For more than a year and a half, I acted both as head of engineering and as chief software architect — a dual role […]

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