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Building A Great Engineering Team Large Or Small

If there is one thing technology and the internet have shown us all is the value of adapting. Legacy retail business is a great example — there have been some traditional brick-and-mortar companies that have struggled or shut down, but overall the retail industry as a whole has significantly benefited from the advent of innovation and the web.

But while most businesses today must utilize technology to the advantage in some way, doing so is another story. A particular pain point for virtually any organization is in how to select, hire and manage engineers, and build engineering teams that have the power and knowledge to get the job done. However, it can be more efficient and successful than it seems. A few strategies that can help:

  1. Know what you want — With technology, it can be hard to know how to make the things you want or need, but that does not change that you can be clear on what you need or want. Take time to have a sense of your technology needs or vision long before you begin the hiring process. It’ll help you better communicate and drive your technology or innovation needs, and put you in a stronger position to lead and direct those you bring on board for the job.
  2. Do the homework — The internet can be a powerful tool for learning about technology. While you do not have to become an expert in the field, taking a little time to do some research into what you feel you need or want can be an asset as you seek engineering talent. It can be as easy as typing a few keywords on a search engine and taking notes. If nothing more, it’ll help you have a stronger sense of what you want or need, and in some cases, assist in finding the right type of engineering help.
  3. Seek the right talent — Explore your options for job boards and other talent resources before placing your ads. While certain resources for finding hires and talent might be great in one area, there are many that attract and focus specifically on niches including technology and engineering. Ask peers, look around a bit, or consider working with a speciality staffing firm or head hunter — it can be worth it by finding qualified individuals for your position or team. Once interviewing, be sure to ask candidates about their process, how they report or communicate work, if they’ve structured projects in the past, work style and other elements beyond their technology skills and background.
  4. Set the perimeters — You may not be the technology expert in your organization, but you are essentially the ‘boss.’ Think about and establish what your needs are in terms of how team members communicate specifics, report on progress, provide in meetings, etc. before you hire. In doing so you will be able to set expectations and structure essential to your technology project.
  5. Be involved and engaged — Once your engineering team is in place, stay active, involved and engaged with them and their work at all times. Ask questions, read the reports and other updates they provide, keep an eye on budget, schedules, timelines and progress. You may not be a technology expert, but basic management and business skills still apply with leading and overseeing your technology team and project.

Honored To Be Named In The 2014 Golden Bridge Awards

I am honored to be named in the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards Women Executives Of The Year. The annual industry and peers recognition program recognizes the best companies in every major industry throughout the world within a range of categories. Thank you to the Golden Bridge Awards for selecting me to be part of such a prestigious honor. It’s exciting to be included among the group this year.

Rackspace Rumored To Be An Acquisition Target

There was an exciting article this past month that suggested Rackspace may be in acquisition talks. Rackspace played a significant role in bringing cloud server architecture to the web 2.0 market. It’s excellent to see it attract this type of interest. The article joins others this past year of cloud-based technologies and companies gaining market share, acquisitions and other successes. Great to see the continued value in the cloud market! 

My Thoughts On Managing The New Entrepreneurial-Minded Workforce

I’ve shared thoughts on managing the new era of entrepreneurial-minded, ambitious teams and staff on The Huffington Post this week. It’s an exciting time for all, and one that presents a new landscape for leadership teams and employees in multiple industries and organizations. You can read the full article here.

Fast Company On Women In VC

I enjoyed this article in Fast Company about women in the VC industry. While I have had nothing but positive experiences with venture capitalists in the companies and projects I have been involved with, I know that issues and problems are real in the industry and technology business as well. It’s great to see conversations about the changes needed to be made. Fast Company cites a few great women in the industry in the article. A favorite was one who said that when she couldn’t get a job in the market, she started her own VC firm. That’s an exciting thought for women in VC and beyond. 

Apple On App Rejection

There is an interesting article about app rejection by Apple that is being shared and discussed online this week. Creating a technology product is of course a great deal of work, time, planning. Often in the big scope of projects, small elements can be overlooked, or missed. While the information Apple has shared might seem basic, it’s a great read for anyone who creates technology products. 

Speaking Of Global Technology Business….

Harvard Business Review had a great read on the topic of global technology this past month, specifically about doing business in China. It’s an interesting post at a great time. We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg with the new global connectivity the internet empowers. It’s exciting to read about doing business in other countries, and in the near future, this may be something more of us are doing — not just in China but throughout the world. I shared some thoughts about the global technology business on The Huffington Post this past month as well. You can find the article here