Creating a Great Environment for Software Engineers

Continuing with yesterday’s post on Recruiting Software Engineers, Kevin Strasser of TribeBoost offered a great comment that software engineers are looking for more than just money — the environment must also be attractive. Here are some thoughts on creating a great environment for software engineers based on Kevin’s thoughts and others: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose – Encourage autonomy,…

Employee Turnover in a Startup

With all the talk about recruiting and finding talent, it’s easy to forget that employee turnover is a real challenge and that strong employees always have multiple job offers. Of course, the best thing to do is create a great culture that not only attracts awesome people but also retains them. Here are a few thoughts on…

Nice Chairs and Cheap Desks

Recently I was over at a friend’s new office. As expected, the office had fresh paint, carpet, and new furniture. Only there was a common, and serious, furniture mistake: nice desks and cheap chairs. Wrong. Chairs should be nice and desks should be cheap. Whether it’s an old door turned into a desk (Amazon.com style) or…