I thought we cut all of those trees down to make newspaper - before the newspapers went away
The US federal government should sell NSA, piece by piece. Interested bidders might be Google, Amazon, Microsoft, China, Russia, Switzerland, Israel, Comcast, Verizon, Cisco, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, the Vatican, New Jersey, Texas, Qatar, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the US Senate...
For a manager: Hire the best people, give clear direction, followup relentlessly, fire the losers. A good manager should hire the best people the budget will bear. They should 1) prepare clear, complete direction for each staff member and 2) communicate the direction to staff as a team and as individuals. They should follow up relentlessly-requirements are always changing and problems are always pressing time and effort estimates committed by staff members and by the manager; it's on the manager to know whether the direction for each staff member is out of date and to update direction to individuals and the team. Nothing is more important than dismissing poor performers. They consume enormous portions of the teams members' time for marginal output. When the team succeeds, publicly credit the team and publicly credit deserving staff members for their specific contributions. Money works well.
Comparing apples and oranges. Ba da bum. Sorry, all
I did not see any reference to the manager's responsibility to keep new work coming in and shaping the organization so that all stakeholders buy in to a reasonable if challenging set of expectations. That takes time and effort. If the product ships June 30, what is everyone doing July 1? Who is worrying about that back in January?
Thinking of my experiences on commercial development teams in the USA, I think you should be prepared 1) to deal with a lot of prejudice and 2) to find infrequent interactions that are compassionate and gratifying.
John C. Lilly invented an isolation tank. He would drop acid and spend hours in there. A weird genius got weirder. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Lilly
I worked as a contractor developing a system at FDA. It lasted for 5 years. Inside the Beltway, it's pretty much the same all over. Dysfunctional communications and ridiculous breakdown of authority not corresponding to lines of management. No accountability. Project management requirements that have never been followed by any project. No commitment to the output of requirements gathering. No requirements change control. No performance engineering. Inadequate testing. No acceptance process by the government. IT groups with oversight for contractor output that have never written a line of code. All in all, pretty sick and ugly. Prior to my project there were 5 failed attempts. My project followed PMI practices, worked them hard and succeeded.
cartechboy writes "There are about 150,000 vehicle fires reported every year in the U.S. — 17 every hour. But when that vehicle fire is a Tesla, the Internet notices. There have now been three fires among roughly 20,000 Tesla Model S electric cars in the road so far. The stock is down, the Feds are asking questions and the Internet is floating in Tesla news. It may be time to check the facts and review some math (hint: we're looking at roughly one fire for every 33 million miles driven so far) and then breathe. Then look at what we know, what we don't know, and what we should know."
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Bell Labs used to like to hire teachers and re-train them for programmer and system test jobs. Re-treads was what some HR recruiters called them.
Completing time sheets when you're spending less than your baseline 40 hours working can bring a person otherwise behaving ethically to begin employing creative justifications to explain how sitting in your underwear in a spare bedroom reading slashdot is billable to the project's marketing budget
Every month this sort of article comes out. Maybe they are getting close. Somebody is going to get the cure or the vaccine but today the best treatment for humans is levadopa and that drug is from the 1950s. There are lots of things that can treat PD in a mouse or a monkey but for people, not so much. Although injection of Ganglioside GM-1 had a successful clinical trial.
Tell your interviewer if you provide leadership in technology directions: evaluating, and accepting or rejecting novel artifacts into products is an example. Setting coding standards, adopting new technology releases or taking initiative to organize work for the whole team are other examples. Show by examples how you are a person whose contributions reached others in your business and market segment.
Consider climate research. In the US that might be NCAR or GFDL. Lots of FORTRAN but newer languages common, too. Use applied physics. World Class supercomputers. Parallel algorithms. Lower pay scale. Some, not all, scientists pigeon hole programmers and look down on them.