Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent

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A guide to attracting, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring the best technical talent.

  • A comprehensive system for hiring top–notch technical employees
  • Packed with useful information and specific advice written in a breezy, humorous style
  • Learn how to find great people—and get them to work for you—in an afternoon!

The top software developers are ten times more productivethan...

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Overview

A guide to attracting, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring the best technical talent.

  • A comprehensive system for hiring top–notch technical employees
  • Packed with useful information and specific advice written in a breezy, humorous style
  • Learn how to find great people—and get them to work for you—in an afternoon!

The top software developers are ten times more productivethan average developers. Ten times. You can’t afford not to hire them. But if you haven’t been reading Joel Spolsky’s books or blog, you probably don’t know how to find them and make them want to work for you.

In this brief book, Joel reveals all his secrets—from his years at Microsoft, and as the co–founder of Fog Creek Software—for recruiting the best developers in the world.

If you’ve ever wondered what you should be looking for in a resume, if you’ve ever struggled to decide whether to hire someone at the end of an interview, or if you’re wondering why you can’t find great programmers, stop everything and read this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Hitting the High Notes
  2. Finding Great Developers
  3. A Field Guide to Developers
  4. Sorting Resumes
  5. The Phone Screen
  6. The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing
  7. Fixing Suboptimal Teams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590598382
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,444,844
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Spolsky is a globally recognized expert on the software development process. His web site Joel on Software (JoelonSoftware.com) is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over 30 languages. As the founder of Fog Creek Software in New York City, he created FogBugz, a popular project management system for software teams. Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed Visual Basic for Applications as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions. He has written two books: User Interface Design for Programmers (Apress, 2001) and Joel on Software (Apress, 2004). Joel holds a bachelor's of science degree in computer science from Yale University. Before college, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paratrooper, and he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Hanaton.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Nook edition 3x the cost of Kindle and Paperback?

    Joel Spolsky gives really great "industry standards" advice. He is a must read for those who plan to pursue (and stay employed in) careers as Software Developers. However, there must be some mistake somewhere in the price of this book. Nook Version 31.99 Paperback 11.99 Kindle Version 9.99 Really?

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Hiring the "cream" of new software engineering grads fresh out of college

    There is very little useful information in this book for the senior software engineer who finds himself back in the job market during hard times. Of course, a hiring manager who is trying to lure the top college software engineering grads to his company may find this book interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

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    Smart and Gets Things Done provides insight on hiring and retaining IT professionals from a unique perspective - that of a techie managing a for-profit business. Joel provides practical information that even those on 'the business-side' can understand regarding the care and feeding of technical professionals. He shares tips, topics, and methods that can be used in every IT organization. I highly recommend this book for recruiters and IT department heads looking to grow their organizations while increasing production.

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