The fairness of software engineering organization management — peer review feedback

One widely used method to foster team working is to let people solicit peer feedback. However, peer feedback can also backfire.  What is the value of peer review feedback system? Without peer review feedbacks, some employees may not provide necessary support that their peers needed to complete the business priority of the organization. In order…

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The fairness of software engineering organization management — stack ranking

Stack ranking was the primary performance review process used at Microsoft engineering organizations before the recent cut. Employees are compared with each other to determine the rank/score, the distribution of the review score of a certain organisation falls into a bell curve, a few exceptionally good, a few exceptionally bad, most of us get middle…

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The fairness of software engineering organization management

During past several decades, there had been tremendous amount of growth of software industry. The exploding of software companies such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon also poise management challenges. In traditional industry such as auto, chemical, even electric industry, standard processes are developed to ensure high quality work can be delivered at large volume. However,…

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Personal genomics, when will it be real?

Personal genomics has been a hot topic since the completion of the human genome project. The vision of personal genomics is that when have the data of each person’s genome, we are likely to know what disease each person are likely to get in the life time. As a result, personalized treatment and intervention can…

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Is desktop computing dead?

While the tablets, smart phones are increasing the market share of the clients and cloud computing is increasingly dominating the software requires complicated logistics, the question naturally arises, is the desktop dead?  I would say desktop is losing a lot of its mind share due to the popularity of the tablets and smart phones, but…

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Trends of cloud computing in 2014!

Happy new year! 2013 is a great year for cloud computing, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and a few dozen of players in the market had made tremendous amount of progress of making cloud computing more usful, more usable and more stable. Here, I predict what is going to happen for cloud computing in 2014. Cloud…

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