September 2007

Bulgarian Translation

September 9, 2007

Mike Ramm has been kind enough to translate a few of my blog posts into Bulgarian and comment on them. Thanks, Mike! Hard‐coding and soft‐coding: English version here The Dilemma of the Capable: English version here When Murphy Strikes: English version here Many of us, in our Anglo‐centric view of the world, do not pay […]

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This Book Changes Everything

September 8, 2007

Last week, I finished reading “The Halo Effect” by Phil Rosenzweig. In this book, the author explains how the “halo effect” or the tendency of people to attribute specific qualities based on a general impression can lead to false conclusions about what actually contributes to success in a business environment. For example, if a company […]

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Bookswim — Book Lending Service

September 7, 2007

Bookswim, the new book lending service I signed up for, seems to be working very nicely. I received 3 books last week. They would have cost me around $50 at the very minimum. I finished and returned two of them. Now two more are on the way. At $20 per month, the cost savings is […]

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Mistakes in the Hiring Process

September 7, 2007

This is a follow‐up to my previous post on hiring in which I discussed how hiring people is handicapped by the fact that very few of the eligible prospective employees actually respond to job postings. Let us discuss the actual hiring process itself and see what the pitfalls are. First of all, a key thing […]

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Agile Development and Requirements Management

September 3, 2007

Agile software development has emerged as one of the most popular software development methodologies in the recent past. Much of the rise has to do with the failings of other methodologies like the waterfall model and the bureaucracies present in implementations of prescribed methodologies like CMM. The principles of the Agile movement strive to match business needs with […]

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