the Best of the Web for Corporate Geeks - November 2011
Our November recommendations are focused mostly on the world of corporations and management. You might expect this, considering the name of our website. However, we do have some special recommendations, including an emotional video you might not know about.
- I regularly hire women for 65% to 75% of what males make. I am sick of it, here is why it happens, and how you can avoid it - This is a lengthy and interesting discussion about salary negotiations and the differences between males and females. You should read it, as it shares great insights and recommendations.
- First, Let's Fire All the Managers - A very interesting article on the power and problems of typical management hierarchies. Here are a few excerpts, to convince you to read it: "A hierarchy of managers exacts a hefty tax on any organization. This levy comes in several forms... Give someone monarchlike authority, and sooner or later there will be a royal screwup... Narrow an individual’s scope of authority, and you shrink the incentive to dream, imagine, and contribute... If only we could manage without managers."
- Features & Physics Envy - In this article, Des Traynor says that "all features were not created equal". You need to balance software development time and resources, so that you don’t give the impression to users that the application is no longer being improved but you are also able to spend time on improving the back end (architecture, technology, algorithms, etc.), which cannot be noticed by users. He also shares some useful tips on how to achieve a good balance.
- What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers - This article shares some interesting facts presented at a Gartner talk in Australia. Makes for good reading and pointers, when having to negotiate with these companies.
- Peggy Noonan On Steve Jobs And Why Big Companies Die - An interesting theory about “why decline happens" at great companies, shared by Steve Jobs in Walter Isaacson’s biography of him.
- Afghanistan – touch down in flight - To end on a more artistic note, this video shares a simple and emotional view of the daily life people have in Afghanistan. It is a must view!
I hope you enjoyed this month’s recommendations. If you have some interesting reads to share, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.