You may not like Zappa, and you may think Stairway to Heaven has jumped the shark, but trust me, this is worth a listen.
A friend of mine sent a message to an handful of friends today:
I got my first phone interview lined up and I’ve never done this before. I would love some pro-tips on making it successful.
I’m not sure if these are actually pro-tips, but here’s what I offered:
1. Have a piece of paper and pen in front of you.
I really enjoyed reading Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and a central part of that book is Miller learning about the structure of a story. In the book, Miller attends Robert McKee’s “Story” seminar in LA where he learns the essential structure of a story: a story is about a character who wants something and must overcome obstacles to get it.
I reminded of all that today when I saw this in my son’s 2nd grade classroom:
…continue reading How to Write a Story in Elementary School
I had coffee with a friend who recently entered the staffing agency business. His company has several hundred developers on staff, and each of these have been technically vetted. So, the idea is that a company can easily increase its engineering resources by calling up and saying, “Hey, we have a new project and need <insert some number> engineers next week.” Yes, you will pay a higher rate for the resources, but you’ll get them when you need them, and don’t have to incur the ongoing cost of full-time employees after the project is over.
Naturally, he was asking if Rover could use his services. Yes, we are hiring, but no, we are already working with some recruiters, and are not going to add any more at this time. (Hint: recruiters, don’t call…I’m not going to hire you right now.)
The conventional wisdom is that startups and young companies don’t want to hire through staffing agencies because of the higher costs. In part, that’s true, but it’s not the real reason. Most companies would gladly pay an extra cost for great developers immediately.
In this week’s I Need More Ears, we have a special guest appearance from Toby McKes. He shared this story with me, and it was so amazing, that I asked if I could share it with you:
About 10 years ago, C89.5 started playing this song…it was a mashup before mashups were a thing. And, it was the most glorious mashup my young ears had heard. It was the instrumental from “Let’s Groove” by EW&F, with the vocals from an Elton John song I had never heard called “Are You Ready for Love”.
They played it all summer and I fell in love with it, so I called the station and asked who it was by, but they didn’t know. They told me that it arrived in one day at the studio in a blank envelope containing a CDR that said “Elton John” on it.
A little bubble gum never hurt anybody on a sunny spring day…enjoy!
Olivia: One thing I’d add to your post might be that you have to go into iterative efforts fully open to the fact that the “Loop” step might mean you took at wrong turn and need to stop and/or kill what you’ve done. Otherwise, you wind up with Winchester Mystery House product and resources spent supporting worthless crap. And killing something off is suuuuuuper hard to do, from what I’ve seen. But it’s part of that whole “committing to the Loop”…that’s the toughest part.
Me: I’m not a good killer. I love all my children.
…if you don’t “loop”. People…you are killing me! There’s a reason it’s called the “Build-Measure-Learn Loop” and the most important word in that phrase is the “loop”!
Okay, take a deep breath…let me Take a Step Back™…because I started with the conclusion.
All the rage these days is talking about iterative development and emergent design. If you’re in the business, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, a bit of background: