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Breaking the Salary Sharing Taboo - The New York Times
The salary taboo is strong (and at odds with the law)). The actual research on salary publication is scarce, mixed, and summarized in this article.
via:HackerNews  management  salary  nytimes 
21 hours ago by mcherm
Mega list of 1 on 1 meeting questions compiled from a variety to sources
A really good list of questions to ask (from EITHER side) in a one-on-one with your manager.
management  career  via:HackerNews 
6 days ago by mcherm
What do executives do, anyway? - apenwarr
A top executive at a big company shouldn't make decisions. They should just insist their subordinates decide together then endorse the outcome, all while defining the culture.
management  via:HackerNews 
september 2019 by mcherm
This Is How Things Work Now At G/O Media
A shockingly blatant indictment of this media company's new management. Largely focuses on how new top-level management that were all white males were put in place over existing diverse leadership without even interviewing the existing leaders.
journalism  management  via:boingboing  personal_net 
august 2019 by mcherm
A Career Cold Start Algorithm
Some advice for new managers: Go spend 30 mins asking someone what's important, and who else to ask. Recurse. Then do some of the easy things that several people mentioned were important.
management  via:HackerNews 
march 2018 by mcherm
Why I Quit Google to Work for Myself - Silly Bits
An example (from Google, which since this time has changed their process) of how the process for employee promotion can completely change people's experience of a company.
google  softwaredevelopment  management  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
After governance breakdown, Node.js leaders fight for its survival | ZDNet
1/3 of node.js board members resigned (and forked the project) when the board wouldn't jettison a member.
opensource  management  node.js  socialcomputing 
august 2017 by mcherm
Improvement Plan at Amazon (not good)
Amazon continues to sound like a terrible place to work.
amazon  management  via:reddit 
may 2017 by mcherm
I was fired from my internship for writing a proposal for a more flexible dress code — Ask a Manager
Why interns shouldn't ban together to write a petition demanding that the dress code be rescinded.
via:reddit  management 
december 2016 by mcherm
All you ever wanted to know about all-hands (but were afraid to ask) – Medium
Run an all-hands meeting. Rotate it across various executives. Use it to celebrate employees, to discuss strategy (start with "why"), and to answer questions. Have food.
management  via:HackerNews 
october 2016 by mcherm
Moz Returns to SEO - Rand's Blog
The tale of how they decided to lay of 25% of the company and why.
management 
september 2016 by mcherm
Don’t add your 2 cents | Derek Sivers
Advice: if you're the boss (and I would add, also if you're quite senior) then don't make minor suggestions: because of your position, it is difficult for them to be treated as minor.
management  via:HackerNews 
july 2016 by mcherm
The Conjoined Triangles of Senior-Level Development - The Frontside
I don't buy into many of the things said here, but I found the Venn diagram really intriguing.
management  leadership  via:HackerNews 
july 2016 by mcherm
"Teal" Organizations [pdf deck]
Suggested by Bruce Eckel, this describes the "teal organization", with loose, distributed leadership practices.
management  leadership  via:BruceEckel 
june 2016 by mcherm
The Codist: My Biggest Regret As A Programmer
He regrets choosing a career of programming over that of managing, because he has seen or experienced so many cases of management stupidity causing problems and because managers make much more money.
personal_net  management  via:theCodist 
june 2016 by mcherm
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team - NYTimes.com
Groups have an "IQ" (general competence) that is strongly influenced by how evenly everyone contributes and how psychologically safe everyone feels.
management  via:HackerNews 
february 2016 by mcherm
Who Killed Nokia? Nokia Did | INSEAD Alumni Magazine
Base of a large number of interviews with managers from Nokia the authors conclude that Nokia's demise was due to upper management being unwilling to hear bad news and favoring people based on promises not results.
via:HackerNews  management  nokia 
february 2016 by mcherm
Full memo: Jeff Bezos responds to brutal NYT story, says it doesn't represent the Amazon he leads - GeekWire
Amazon CEO responds to NYTimes hit piece on employee abuse, saying "I don't recognize that; let me know if it happens".
amazon  via:reddit  management 
august 2015 by mcherm
From Open (Unlimited) to Minimum Vacation Policy
"Unlimited" vacation just means that people don't know how much is OK to take and they take too little. Therefore he switched to a "minimum" vacation rule.
management  hr  via:BruceEckel 
july 2015 by mcherm
5 Factors to Retrospect after Every Sprint while Developing a Product : agile
Change up the way you conduct your retrospective every time. That will give you a greater variety of feedback.
agile  softwaredevelopment  management  mypostings 
april 2015 by mcherm
A mile wide, an inch deep — Medium
There are DIFFERENT metrics (“TTR” for medium, views for buzzfeed, queries for Google, pulitzer prizes for NYTimes) and you need to choose the right metric for the kind of business you are creating — the metric you choose may even influence what your company becomes.
medium  via:medium  startup  management 
january 2015 by mcherm
How to Ruin Your Company with One Bad Process - Ben's Blog
For managers of managers: if you ask your reports how much they need, then set the budget, they will enter a game to ask for the most. Instead, set out the constraints, then ask your reports to prioritize within those constraints.
management  budgeting  via:HackerNews 
july 2014 by mcherm
No Managers: Why We Removed Bosses at Treehouse • The Naive Optimist
They got rid of all managers. Here's some useful information about it.
management  startup  via:HackerNews 
december 2013 by mcherm
Meetup's Dead Simple User Testing - Boing Boing
Meetup does a user test every day. And management is expected to drop in and watch. Frequently.
usability  clayshirky  via:ClayShirky  testing  management  softwaredevelopment 
november 2013 by mcherm
How GitHub (no longer) Works
How GitHub changed when scaling past Dunbar's number. Still has no managers; but more internally focused and less open now.
github  startup  management  via:monocle 
november 2013 by mcherm
Well, He's Not Going to Get Very Far - Rand's Blog
A great story about a misunderstanding and how difficult it can be to maintain a company culture.
management  culture  stories  startup  via:HackerNews 
may 2013 by mcherm
Why “Innovation Experts” are Selling Snake Oil
Beware consultants who tell the company how to create "inovation". And I add that there may be structural problems in the company that cause it.
blogworthy  mypostings  management  softwaredevelopment  via:VanceCrowe 
april 2013 by mcherm
Salary Negotiations: Whats possible when there is no more money?
If you can't offer more money, offer other things like flexible hours or time off when the surf is over a certain height for someone whose hobby is surfing.
hiring  management  via:HackerNews  ArticulateVentures 
march 2013 by mcherm
What to Do When Your Non-Technical Boss is Just Plain Wrong
Some really excellent advice on how a technical expert can work with a non-technical boss who is making the wrong decision.
mypostings  management  softwaredevelopment  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
An Appropriate Use of Metrics
How management can use metrics to guide the enterprise, and more interestingly the ways in which they should NOT use it. Evaluate on really short time frames (a few weeks, not 6 months), share the reasons behind the goals, not just the metric targets, and track trends instead of aiming for specific numeric targets.
via:MartinFowler  metrics  management  softwaredevelopment 
february 2013 by mcherm
Merit Money
Some insights into how to pay bonuses in a way the encourages, rather than discourages. It should be unexpected, frequent, and peer-directed.
management  JurgenAppelo  via:JurgenAppelo 
february 2013 by mcherm
Software Development Methodologies: What is Open Allocation? - Quora
"Open Allocation" means individuals pick what project to work on. This presents arguments in favor of it.
management  softwaredevelopment 
november 2012 by mcherm
Kudo Box | Management 3.0
Allow any team member to anonymously or non-anonymously nominate a coworker for public acknowledgement and a small award (like a movie ticket).
management  via:JurgenAppelo 
november 2012 by mcherm
37signals Earns Millions Each Year. Its CEO’s Model? His Cleaning Lady | Fast Company
Jason Fried of 37signals says he wants to grow the company slowly, have people work just 4 days/week.
startup  management  JasonFried  business  via:HackerNews 
august 2012 by mcherm
CannotMeasureProductivity
You cannot measure software development productivity. There is no way to reliably measure the output, and argument even over what IS valuable (lines of code? delivered features? increased company profitibility?).
softwaredevelopment  martinfowler  via:MartinFowler  productivity  management 
june 2012 by mcherm
A VC: The Management Team - Guest Post From Joel Spolsky
Management should be a support function. In fact, call them "administration" instead of "management", it keeps them from getting too big for their britches.
management  softwaredevelopment  JoelSpolsky  via:JoelSpolsky 
february 2012 by mcherm
Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work : The New Yorker
Apparently the science says that brainstorming does not actually work!
via:HackerNews  brain  psychology  management  science 
february 2012 by mcherm
Sneaking into Apple to do Unpaid Skunkworks - Graphing Calculator Story
Apple cancelled the project, but they still wanted to get it done. So they literally sneaked onto the premises for 6 months. They worked like crazy and did all kinds of tricks to keep it secret from management. And it WORKED! They SHIPPED! Any good manager of programmers should understand WHY programmers find this story inspiring rather than stupid.
blogworthy  programming  softwaredevelopment  projectmanagement  management 
october 2011 by mcherm
Ronald Hayden - Google+ - When I was a child, I had few heroes. I didn't follow…
Steve Jobs got the insurance company to provide partner benefits for a gay employee.
gayrights  SteveJobs  via:reddit  management 
october 2011 by mcherm
Bored People Quit: Rands In Repose
Notice when your technical employees are getting bored and fix it early.
management  via:rands 
july 2011 by mcherm
Fuzz Box: How software companies die
Essay by Orson Scott Card. Programmers can be managed like bees: give them a place to cluster together and a surprisingly small amount of money, and you can make a real profit off of them. Until the marketers take over and kill off the hive.
via:reddit  softwaredevelopment  management  OrsonScottCard 
may 2011 by mcherm
Why I Run a Flat Company | Jason Fried of Inc.com
Head of 37 signals explains they (mostly) don't have managers. They expect groups to self-organize; sometimes they rotate the manager role.
via:HackerNews  management  startup  leadership  37signals  JasonFried 
april 2011 by mcherm
Will the Center Hold in Larry Page's Google? | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD
Larry Page is trying to make the different wings of Google more independent and more engineer-run. And that's already scared off one top leader in the company.
via:HackerNews  google  management  LarryPage  personal_net 
april 2011 by mcherm
Netflix - Netflix: Culture of Fear | Glassdoor.com
The author claims that Neflix manages their employees entirely by threatening to fire them. And that it sucks and makes the employees excessively risk adverse.
netflix  management  via:HackerNews 
december 2010 by mcherm
Programmer Passion: An Enterprises Most Useful Yet Repressed Advantage
Let programmers have freedom to try things out and they'll be passionate for you. That's a good thing.
softwaredevelopment  management  via:HackerNews 
october 2010 by mcherm
How to Minimize Politics in Your Company // ben's blog
Some ways a manager can accidentally encourage "politicking".
personal_net  management  via:HackerNews 
august 2010 by mcherm
MF Bliki: UtilityVsStrategicDichotomy
Perhaps we should split up IT departments into the parts that do mission critical stuff (where speed, expertise, and flexibility are essential) and the commodity stuff (where you might as well outsource it).
martinfowler  management  development  agile  business 
july 2010 by mcherm
Post mortem: KIN's tragic demise (and the fading of Danger)
A sordid tale of bad management causing the complete loss of well over half a billion dollars: taking what should have been a hugely successful phone and selling less than 10,000 units.
microsoft  management  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
july 2010 by mcherm
Why I Sold Zappos
Says the founder of Zappos, "Tight economy made it risky to borrow operating capital. The board wanted to sell. I wanted to keep good perks for employees. Jeff Bezos seemed friendly, so we sold to Amazon."
startup  management  zappos  amazon  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
10 Questions to Ask Your New Manager - NOOP.NL
An excellent list of some questions an interviewee should ask of their potential new manager.
hiring  interviewing  management  via:JurgenAppelo 
april 2010 by mcherm
The Way I Work: Paul English of Kayak
The head of Kayak.com (travel site) interviewed in Inc -- he claims to have an unusual approach.
via:HackerNews  management  customerservice 
january 2010 by mcherm
60 Second Agility: ROTI Meetings: behind the times
An agile practice: take *just* 60 sec at the end of a meeting to get everyone to rate usefulness of the meeting on a 0-5 scale and say a word or two about what would have made it better.
agile  management  softwaredevelopment  via:HamletD'Arcy  HamletD'Arcy 
january 2010 by mcherm
When and How to Micromanage
When its an outside vendor or someone in your own company for whom "it's just a job", that's when you micromanage.
management  leadership  JoelSpolsky  via:JoelSpolsky 
december 2009 by mcherm
Basic Instructions - How to Discipline Your Employees
Why you shouldn't give out "demerits" as a way of motivating your employees.
management  funny  via:reddit 
december 2009 by mcherm
Gaming the System: Rands In Repose
Using games as a way of motivating programmers.
management  games  rands  via:rands 
december 2009 by mcherm
2009-02-12/a_question.md at master from raganwald's homoiconic - GitHub
Raganwald makes a simple and interesting point: no one has any idea how to measure programmer productivity, so all the stuff people say about what makes programmers more or less productive is suspect.
programming  softwaredevelopment  productivity  raganwald  via:raganwald  management 
september 2009 by mcherm
Rands In Repose: No Surprises
Some information about writing reviews. And my response, where I try to describe my thoughts on writing your own review.
reviews  management  rands  via:rands  mypostings 
september 2009 by mcherm
Vacation policy at Netflix: Take as much as you want | Oakland Tribune | Find Articles at BNET
Netflix doesn't even track vacation time among its salaried employees. Interesting way to try to hang onto the startup mentality.
management  via:HackerNews  netflix 
august 2009 by mcherm
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