[E–pub New] Smart and Gets Things Done Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent By Joel Spolsky
L read software ngineering blog Spolsky worked for Microsoft then founded Fog Creek software that made a bug tracker and then went on to co found the incredibly useful Stack Exchange site The book is mainly about hiring and Spolsky describes how he hires and how he thinks you should hire Spolsky says that companies should hire the best after phone screens code writing in interviews and careful checks and then pay them very well and put coders in offices The advice is all fairly solid the issue being that it s solid for a company that is able to pay well and give top software Grave Tattoo engineers what they want There is little consideration given to companies that can t pay that well but still need someone to work on their code Something that is interesting about the book now is that it predates the massive growth of the Agile movement and also some modern tools like Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment and DevOps This doesn t take much away from the book but does show how things have moved on Smart and Gets Things done isn t a great book but it is a good one and a book that has uite a few useful tips for anyone involved in hiring This book proposed that if you have the Best Working Conditions you get the Best Programmers to develop the Best Software which results in ProfitThe preface for this is the the uality of the work and the amount of time spent are simply uncorrelated Productivity is 5 to 1 or 10 to 1 between programmers You can t afford to be number two or to have a goodnough product It has to be remarkably good by which I mean so good that people remark about it Having really really really talented software developers is your only hope for remarkableness The great software developers indeed the best people in Georgia and the Tycoon every field are uite simply never on the market The average great software developer will apply for total maybe four jobs in theirntire career Whereas bad people are on the market uite a lotHow to find people who are not on the market1 Go to My Churchills Trial expectations were uite different for that book When I read Smart and gets things done I was like Cool I will learn a way to judge which people are smart and will work hard Nothing of the sort The book shows you the mostxtensive practices to hire the best 000001% of programmers Yeah thanks for that I mean it s good to know and strive for it but unfortunately not a lot of companies can do that just because it s not alway. O founder of Fog Creek Software for recruiting the best developers in the worldIf you've A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries ever wondered what you should be looking for in a resume if you'vever struggled to decide whether to hire someone at the Lakeside Redemption end of an interview or if you're wondering why you can't find great programmers stopverything and read this book.
A little outdated and a lot of condescension There are some useful tips but others I feel were just wrong There is weird stuff about how programmers talking about Olog n is using jargon What comes off in the book is that Spolsky is pretty opinionated about the hiring process without doing some self assessment of whether it really makes sense Joel is one of the best guys on the internet if you want to have read about software business and this book follow the same ualityThings change fast in software The book was wrote before the Continuous Delivery got on the mouth of In Pursuit of a Princess everybody so the author tells about CI practices without mentioning it I m not criticizing it contrariwise I believe the author have merits inlaborating practices before all the movement start The one thing that this book taught me for sure is that I wouldn t Second Time Loving ever get a job at Fog Creek author s company The book is from 2007 which means it is pretty old as for software development world standards and some of the advice is deprecated However I found most of the stuff at leastnjoyable and informative It is probably one single book that virtually very HR person and manager that would like to hire developers should read mostly because it is a really uick read and provides actual real world advice Author has a bright style and made the book uite funny so I guess it was time well spent Also the best piece of advice from this book is in the title The and part of it is crucial This book is a guide to hiring developers using humiliating techniues that are wildly common today but hopefully die soon Making a candidate write code on paper Whiteboard interviews Asking uncomfortablestressful uestions to see how a candidate deals with them basically sadism Dividing people in smart and dumb Assuming that some people cannot be good programmers according to Joel you re bad if you don t understand recursion or pointers well Sending a candidate through 5 6 interview rounds a day Boasting about fancy offices parties limos and other cheap crap tcThe book is written from the position of a rockstar developer who created a popular rockstar company where only the privileged talented and gifted people are allowed to work basically those who can write a compiler on a napkin using Haskell and understand pointersThe book is polarized full of prejudice Nothing is said about psychology impostors different personalities and treating peo. A guide to attracting recruiting interviewing and hiring the best technical talentA comprehensive system for hiring top notch technical mployees Packed with useful information and specific advice written in a breezy humorous style Learn how to find great people and get them to work for you in an afternoonThe top software de.
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Ple well Overconfident rockstars assessors who think they are 10x productive than others and hitting the high notes freuently choose new bros into the privileged closed clubThere were good parts about hunting new grads and some non hiring hints that you can learn from DeMarco s Peopleware and Brooks Mythical Man Month Otherwise use practices described in this book at your own peril This book is harmful to the software industry I had some problem about interviewing people and also how actually other people manage their teams This book is like a treasure and that s not very controversial It s hard to understate such a big impact this book has on me I like it very much and highly recommended Don t know what the idea behind the formatting of the book is The xtra Hawks Way (Hawks Way extra wide margins and the huge font are probably to make the book at least thicknough to be seen as a book rather than the booklet it is As for the content it starts off like any good self help guru autobiography by making statements that most people would agree on so as to make the reader think Oh That s true Like saying that Family Men ergonomic chairs arergonomic and then breaking down the cost over the number of toilet papers that can be bought from that money Simple stuff And moving on to making proclamations after thisMost of the stuff is self contradictory with Creative Participation explicit disclaimers that it worked for the author but it might not work for others Actually we can t say with any degree of certainty that those specifics were what went right Statistically speaking it was probably many things that were not noticed that brought the success The self contradiction is so much as to make all advice useless and isasy to see in Sabina Spielrein every section and across sections if you don t just readverything in the narrow context of the page In short if I had a reading list that I could give to my past self to make sure that I read those books at least once I would not put this book on it This is a very uick read on how to hire programmers It s full of insights and interesting thoughts from someone who has been in the trenches of being a programmer and hiring programmers for years who has succeeded at both tasks and who has thought deeply about why Smart and Gets Things Done 2007 by Joel Spolsky is Spolsky s guide to hiring good programmers and setting things up so they can work best Joel on Software was for a number of years in the 2000s a wel. Velopers are ten times productive than average developers Ten times You can't afford not to hire them But if you haven't been reading Joel Spolsky's books or blog you probably don't know how to find them and make them want to work for youIn this brief book Joel reveals all his secrets from his years at Microsoft and as the