I’m trying to keep the level of “management” articles low on this blog, but this is quite funny and I wanted to comment on it.  Last week Jeff Ello’s article The Unspoken Truth About Managing Geeks did it’s rounds on the Internet. Not surprisingly, with quotes like this: [the IT world] is populated by people skilled in creative analysis and ordered reasoning. Doctors are a close parallel. The stakes may be higher in medicine, but the work in both fields requires a technical expertise that can’t be faked and a proficiency that can only be measured by qualified peers. and When hiring an IT pro, imagine you’re recruiting a doctor. And if you’re hiring a CIO, think of employing a[…]

Jeff Atwood’s blog Coding Horror has a great post about failing projects! This qoute by Charles Bosk is great: In my interviewing, I began to develop what I thought was an indicator of whether someone was going to be a good surgeon or not. It was a couple of simple questions: Have you ever made a mistake? And, if so, what was your worst mistake? The people who said, ‘Gee, I haven’t really had one,’ or, ‘I’ve had a couple of bad outcomes but they were due to things outside my control’ — invariably those were the worst candidates. And the residents who said, ‘I make mistakes all the time. There was this horrible thing that happened just yesterday and[…]

A quick find: I’ve been wanting to read the programming management classic “The Mythical Man Month” for years, but have never gotten around to it.  Turns out there is a  chapter-by-chapter summary that has been online for only 19 years (!). Enjoy getting through a classic in two hours. However, the whole book can be summarized with the following koan from the Tao of Programming: A manager went to the master programmer and showed him the requirements document for a new application. The manager asked the master: “How long will it take to design this system if I assign five programmers to it?” “It will take one year,” said the master promptly. “But we need this system immediately or even[…]