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Dunning-Kruger Effect #event

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Dunning-Kruger Effect

In two week I will be going to a Hackers and Founders event discussing Startup Opportunities & Recruitment, so I thought I would remind myself of a few of the biases and pitfalls that occur when recruiting. As this event focuses on start ups it is even more important to have the right mix of knowledge and competence for any new members to the team.

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Peer assessment and the Dunning-Kruger effect #hr #management

What about it? Whilst having discussions on a ‘thinkers’ board that I infrequently-frequently visit, someone mentioned the Dunning-Kruger effect in relation to specific politicians. So I looked it ….

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hiring Developers And Others… #hr #developers #hiring

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Hiring Developers And Others…
Some handy tips for hiring a developer, and it doesn’t just apply to hiring developers. Take it from me, read this because you ore probably doing it wrong.

NB: There are some interesting comments on the original, so click through!

On hiring developers…

I’m looking to expand our technical team at Plexus Engine and so I’m spending some time learning how best to hire developers.  I asked a virtual assistant at FancyHands to pick out 5 articles from Hacker News search results on the topic and this is what they sent me.  I’m reading them now…
8 Things You Ought to Know If You Do Not Know Anything About Hiring A Software Developer
http://blog.8thlight.com/angelique-martin/2012/01/19/8-thing-you-ought-to-kno… 
Hiring Developers: You’re Doing It Wrong 
http://devinterviews.pen.io/ 
I also liked this comment, thought you might like it too:
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2385972
Anybody else got favorite resources you can share?
8 Things You Ought to Know If You Do Not Know Anything About Hiring A Software Developer | 8th Light

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June 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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Company Policy or People #hr

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Looking through the lens of HR

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for each position in the office slightly excessive, I know few people who read manuals like that back-to-back unless they are finding ways to make a company policy work in their favour, or a loophole. You’ve just given them 400 plus pages of potential loopholes, unless it’s written by a lawyer, then you have given them 400 plus pages of information which is impenetrable to them, and in which they will have to pay a lawyer to find the loophole which is almost certainly in there.

Even if the average employee could read, understand and recall 400 plus pages of information at 1 page a minute it would still take them 6 2/3 hours to read the manual. Do they get paid for these hours? What if it takes them slightly longer?

Employees are often asked to go above and beyond the call of duty, these job descriptions and policies are a disadvantage for the company also. I’ve seen companies give detailed job descriptions – including a specific location – and then have a policy which contradicts this by saying that location and duties are determined by the company. I’ve seen high-value producers leave because overanxious HR departments following policy without using judgement have send official warnings on first offense policy violations, they go to competitor companies were the working environment was less hostile.

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I’m not saying to have a 400 plus page manual which covers office policies and job descriptions isn’t helpful, it can be very valuable. Although I’ve found that companies who give their employees manuals which stretch to 400 pages are usually companies, and specifically HR departments, who need a way to exercise control which they do not have. Perhaps it is wise to look at the company structure and size, and regain the control by having control.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

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