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Beware! Feature Creep Has Downsides!

Today, I want to talk a bit about feature creep.  First off, let me say that I’m going to be performing my own voluntary feature creep in this post by adding a podcast version and a video one.  Take a look at the next post once it’s up and I’ll do a vid for the […]

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Dealing with Regulators and compromise

I presently work in an environment ripe with regulation.  The gaming industry (and by that, I do not mean video games for WoW players, or XBOX) is the most regulated market in the world.  More so than even health care, in fact.  As such, one of our largest points of contention revolves around regulators.  These […]

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Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 2)

And so begins the second half of the post.  If you want to go back to read the prior half, please see Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1) Related Posts:Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1)Treat Great Engineers Like GoldHow To Get Your Ideas HeardThe Dangers of Feature CreepBeware! Feature Creep Has Downsides!

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Hiring and Keeping Good Engineers (part 1)

I recently read a post by John Hunter entitled, “Finding, and Keeping, Good IT People,” and couldn’t help but think it merited some additional thoughts on the subject.  He makes a few main points in his post, namely: look at the hiring process, reduce your requirement count, treat existing staff well, and a good programmer […]

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Treat Great Engineers Like Gold

So now to the final discussion in my series.  About Great engineers!  I have been pondering this one, because, for some reason it’s the hardest to provide valuable information about.  Great engineers/employees in general are hard-working, deadline-meeting, project-churning machines that bring value to your organization consistently with a smile on their faces.  What could be wrong […]

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How to Handle Ineptitude

Ineptitude is a difficult issue to combat because there are, obviously, different levels of ineptitude.  They range from someone who is selectively disinterested in a specific task (I would argue this is the most frequent), all the way to completely dysfunctional.  In the case of the latter, expedient dismissal is the best option.  That being said, […]

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5 Ways To Put Assholes In Their Place

Assholes assholes everywhere…. ok, not really.  I spoke about engineers who behave with utter disregard for anything or anyone but themselves in this post, and now the time has come to elaborate on how a leader can manager these types of individuals.  These can be very easy to deal with (for the idle asshole), or incredibly […]

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5 Tips for Managing Shy People

Update: If YOU are a shy individual and want to get more outgoing, check out this post from Upgrade Reality. Now that I’ve described the main types of engineers, I’m going to gear some advice in how to work with them.  First on the chopping block is those shy and quiet engineers who don’t need, or even […]

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What Makes a Great Engineer?

So here I’ve been sitting, contemplating how to write this post, and not having any epiphanies as to how to go about it. Shy engineers are easy to discuss, assholes are equally easy.  Ineptitude was a bit ranty, though in my defense, those engineers tend to rant of their own accord, so it seemed to […]

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Wanted! Successful Company Seeking Inept Engineers

Welcome to the third installment of engineer typologies!  I previously discussed shy and asshole engineers, and now I will discuss incompetent engineers.  In many areas of an organization, incompetence is something that everyone hates, yet for some reason do very little about.  Yes, there is the necessary due process that must come in order to […]

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