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It's fairly simple: HR can't change. The environment in most places is so heavily regulated and most companies are so completely adverse to risk that unless the board, the partners/executive team make changing HR their top and pretty much only priority, it simply won't get done. If someone in HR wanted to do it on their own, they would be replaced. The only way the executive team with support of the board would make this their top priority would be to face immediate demise or extremely intense competition for talent. Either of these two scenarios would entail an existential threat to the whole company. Companies that face near immediate collapse would sadly find that the best people jump ship, leaving only people incapable of performing such change, so the odds are great that the company would fail anyway. Companies that face enormous pressure for talent seem to look at alternatives before going through the expense and risk of changing HR. Smallish companies may have more leeway for experimenting with this sort of thing. I would say, though, that this is probably because current leadership wants it. As the company grows, it will reach a point where executives are unable to manage at that level and any new hires would bring their way of doing things, most likely from one of those other companies with more traditional HR. So unless the company establishes an aggressive "re-education" program early, it will become mired in old-style HR. I would also add that it's either extremely costly or impossible to consistently measure the financial gains from such helping, sharing, and mentoring, and that management may have difficulties with allocating time to that, unable to see results. Changing HR in this way would also mean changing many other things in the business, such as getting rid of budgets, targets, performance reviews, among many others. Very few, if any, large or even medium-sized companies would be willing to undergo such transformation unless their very survival is at stake.
Ideas on comment moderation: + Allow people with at least 2,000 points on stackoverflow to comment unmoderated. (or some other number of points) + Allow threading, and allow respondee to moderate respondor, with notification. + Allow people with 10,000 stack overflow points to moderate other people's comments. (they won't want to screw you lest they lose access to SO.) ... Wait, use the Stackoverflow system as a blogging engine, and allow people to post their blog with it, including yours. I know I'd like that better than my current blogging platform.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Welcome Back Comments at Coding Horror
I was reminded of something that is still being hammered out: the move of the Python programming language development to mercurial vcs. One of the problems is that mercurial, being distributed, allows developers to check-in code on their local machine, using a variety of line ending. This seems to cause a lot of grief... See So, great post!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2010 on The Great Newline Schism at Coding Horror
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