test.ical.ly | getting the web by the balls

hiring-gut-feelingAt the moment I have an open position that I am looking for candidates for. I received all kinds of applications from unexperienced to top experts.

Then I remember a story a friend once told me.

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to-harnessImagine you’re a business owner. You know what you want to get developed, you have the budget for it and you know when you need to see a result. You have someone to manage your development team (call him the product owner if you like) and the team seems skilled.

Now what do you need unit tests for?

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samsung-vs-googleWith their latest prime model the Galaxy S IV Samsung according to some reports continued the “de-googleing” of the Android platform by replacing some key Google services with their own.

Now where does this lead?

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washing-machineYesterday I bought a washing machine. It is the third one I bought in my life and it struck me how similar buying an ordinary appliance such as this is to getting a website developed.

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facebookJust a few days ago Mark Zuckerberg announced the next Facebook Timeline designs and during that presentation he also proclaimed Facebook would be going to be the best personalized newspaper.

Can it be?

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Apple-iPhone-5-vs.-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-2A few weeks ago I finally got an upgrade for my company phone and switched a buggy old Blackberry for an iPhone 5. I was never really keen on getting one but since I have one now why not compare it to my Galaxy Note 2?

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jargonThere’s a giant rift between clients and service providers, between project managers and developers, between the ones who pay and the ones who do. It’s a gap to be filled with communication.

A gap widened by tech jargon.

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transparencyNew strategies, new goals, new heads of .., new competitors, new market situations, all of these may lead to a change of organisation. Responsibilities, hierarchies and workspaces get mixed. And a lot of questions need to be answered.

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visionaryA strategy paper in a nutshell is a document declaring a goal and describing a way to get there. The goal however is often mistaken to be the description of a final outcome or a sales volume or likely.

That’s important too but first should come the mission statement.
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code-ninjaI just read on German news site Zeit Online that companies more and more tend to hire freelancers rather than inhouse IT people. Apparently it’s cheaper and works better.

I think however the conclusion must be that the companies are changing.

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