Among other things: I’ve never met anyone in the software industry who is happy with the hiring process, and that includes everyone who’s designed the process.
Nobody seems to have a solution to separating the potential stars from the mehs, and anyone who claims they do either doesn’t have enough perspective to understand the difficulty of the problem (young interviewers who have been trained in one particular hiring style seem to be blessed with the arrogance of blind faith), or they’ve perfected the art of hiring the mediocre (a sufficiently rigorous process can probably rule out almost all the disastrous hires, but will likely also lose a few stars…and it’s finding the stars that is the problem).
Of course, there are carpenters who are creative craftsmen of the first order.When Apple made a phone, it turned out it wasn’t really competing in the handset business; it was competing for the next dominant personal computing platform.The more I think about an Apple car, the more I think that it might be the basis of their future “computing environment”: a space that is completely aware of and responsive to its occupant(s).It’s effectively a declaration that “programmers” are a different class of people in possession of some unquantifiable gift, and it’s beneath them to justify their value. The costumes may change, but my 2011 commentary remains remarkably relevant. Of course, there are a few categories that certain countries continue to dominate: Disqualified for actually turning me on. I’m forced to admit that again this year, there are a few outfits I actually don’t mind: Overall hotness trumps the cheesy leaves.No need for a full play-by-play; we can skip straight to the awards. Slightly overplayed the hockey theme by turning her vagina into the goal… And for hedging her bets by qualifying for the hat-hobbling category. More nudity going on here than you notice at first glance. A little more skin next year and you’ve got a chance, Kazakhstan.