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Field Guide to Developers

by Joel Spolsky
Thursday, September 07, 2006

“So my experience has been that a number of excuses all pile up until it’s virtually impossible to get private offices for developers in any but the most enlightened of companies, and even in those companies, the decision of where to move and where people should work is often taken once every ten years by a committee consisting of the office manager’s secretary and a junior associate from a big architecture firm, who is apt to believe architecture-school fairy tales about how open spaces mean open companies, or whatever, with close to zero input from the developers or the development team.”

-- from today's installment in the Guerrilla Guide to Hiring: the Field Guide to Developers.


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