Games We Play: Gamification in the Office Hiring Process

by | July 29th, 2015

Have you ever been part of a recruiting and hiring process? This scenario may sound familiar:

A face-to-face interview with an impressive candidate leaves you with a sense of relief and confidence that you’ve found the perfect fit for an open position. You and your colleagues exchange those nods that happen when everyone in the room knows you’re finally done with meetings on the subject.

On your professional recommendation, HR negotiates a nice package with the candidate, who is thrilled to be part of the team. Now you and your team can return your focus to your projects, instead of interviews and recruiting meetings.

Your new colleague is a great cultural fit, and seems happy in the role. Then, three weeks in, you realize benchmarks haven’t improved and your colleague doesn’t have much to say in meetings. They spend a lot of time on systems and tasks they purported to know well and that you discussed during their candidacy at length. It begins to dawn on you that this colleague talked the talk, but can’t walk the walk.

How can this scenario be avoided? Some new technologies may offer a solution.

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Managing Virtual Teams

by | June 26th, 2015

Today’s Post is introduced by Thomas Powell, CEO of PINT, Inc.

Outside of PINT and my other firms, I spend a fair amount of time at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department. I have taught there for almost twenty years: mostly Web technologies but also programming language theory and software engineering.  One of my favorite activities over the years has been mentoring students in various independent study classes. During this time, I have worked with students on:
  • Usability-focused Web analytics
  • Bot detection and defense of content scraping
  • Anti-rigging mechanisms for review systems
  • A variety of Web frameworks and patterns

Unfortunately, since most of these efforts were from non-publishing undergrads, only a few people got to benefit from them. So starting this quarter, I’ve decided to surface some of this work and encourage sharing since there may be lessons and inspiration of value to others. Read on to see the first installment in this new series, about managing virtual teams.

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