Tech Leadership Weekly
Issue 87, October 25, 2017
First Round Review
The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published
An interview requires quickly evaluating how impactful a person is going to be to your organization. Maximize this time with questions to identify a variety of key skills and attributes, including: grit, rigor, impact, teamwork, ownership, curiosity, polish, intellectual ability, communication, leadership, strategic thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, adaptable learners, and originals.
Reading Time: 14 minutes
Why Finishing Software Is Hard. And What To Do About It
Finishing the last 10 percent of a project is hard. Software is a creative undertaking, and we discover it as we create it. This means we can't know the last 10 percent until we get there. Finishing requires management: building and working through lists. Identify issues and resolve them, eventually finishing the list. Finishing a challenging, creative task requires constant focus and concentrated effort.
Reading Time: 6 minutes
Don't Let An “Unlimited” Vacation Policy Kill Your Startup
"Unlimited" vacation often means less vacation as employees try to look good or feel guilty for taking time off. Studies show the huge benefits of time away. Set expectations for the minimum amount of vacation. Build vacations into the roadmap. Prioritize work that blocks others. When hiring, look for people who can manage their work so they don't burnout. Vacation is important. Maximize its value by planning it into your team's workflow.
Reading Time: 5 minutes
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