Bnoopy: Hiring: Sabermetrics For Startups?

• Over/Under – Here your bet is placed on the total runs scores of the whole game, inclusive of extra innings. However, when you do make the bet more likely to win, the odds are reduced. Millions of dollars are bet on March Madness each year, not only in Las Vegas, but in private as well. Since then hundreds of millions of pounds had been spent on preventing a recurrence of these events. That doesn’t create much of a team feeling-but then neither does trying to force people who are uncomfortable or busy into socializing. But it’s also true that many people like being their own boss, and just don’t recognise the binary struggle between bosses and workers as relevant to their lives. In the past, it wasn’t considered enough just to be a wonderful programmer; you had to manage people or go do other things. It turned out not to be strong enough to sustain through the similarly random hirings and firings. I’m only going to point out one major error xt_blog – blog article, here because I see it so often: Do not berate your crew, either singly or en masse.

A less obvious example occurred in another company, where a group of new IT execs had signed on to implement one of those “Big Shiny New Systems That Solve All IT Problems Forever.” They developed a hostility to the legacy system crew, who, they argued, made their job harder by continuing to extend the old system. I don’t quite understand why, but the only other group I’ve run into that responds to free food in the same way as programmers is musicians. For reasons that could take a book to investigate and articulate, IT staff tends to run toward a stoic cynicism (with an occasional hyperdramatic diva case). In other words, take the top 75% in terms of follower count or engagement and start someone there. It should come as no surprise to anyone that IT folk are idiosyncratic in terms of the hours they keep and the clothes they wear. The above are passive, even somewhat defensive approaches that will nonetheless lay the groundwork for more active team building. Meetings should be more like pep rallies. A good meeting for an IT department is almost like football strategizing (down to a whiteboard covered with arrows and squiggles).

This tends to put them into opposition with the natural state of an IT department and perhaps explains why so many companies keep the computer guys in the basement or tucked away in some other hard-to-find places. A bunch of tech guys sitting around joking may seem like a waste, but it might just mean that things are going really smoothly. The main thing is to keep the meeting at the level of those who are attending: Don’t bog down your hardware guys with discussions on indentation and don’t burden your programmers with the latest computer installation issues. It’s not necessarily that programmers are socially awkward, but often a kind of cynicism is prevalent. And that is why I succeed.” You want to put kids into a position where they can succeed and to do that you need to understand who they are and how they are impacted by different pressure situations. You also need to be furloughed for at least three weeks at a time, although after this you can go back to work for your employer only to later be furloughed again for another three weeks.

A list of all the things one can do wrong in a meeting-which should be one of the most basic and effective tools in your team-building chest-could fill a book. One guy I worked with had serious concentration issues that he handled by constantly listening to TV or music through headphones while he worked. While I believe every athlete picked should have the opportunity to play, that does not mean an athlete cannot ask himself “what is good about this? Passing around links, songs or videos, while seemingly trivial, creates a common “culture.” Again, keep your eye on the final product. For example, developing a strategy for a new product is no sure thing-luck can play a large role in shaping the strategy’s success or failure. This isn’t unusual among programmers, though very often I’ve found them reticent to turn off lights because some executives seem to think they’re filling a parental role. Of course, some executives are just disturbed by anything different. Does this mean that those of us who are not “naturally gifted” athletically shouldn’t try to play tennis, join a softball team, throw the football?