Thursday, December 15, 2005


Enterprise Architecture and Hiring Practices

Awhile back I had a conversation with several folks regarding hiring practices within large enterprises and how we needed to not constrain ourselves if we truly wanted top talent. In thinking about this a little more deeply, the phrase: people, process and tools comes to mind. I wonder how many enterprise architecture practices in other Fortune 100 enterprises have actually worked with the folks in human resources so that knowledge workers are not mismanaged...

I came across a wonderful article on Google's hiring practices that felt like they could become the foundation for changing the hiring approach resulting in better EA. To summarize:

  1. Hire by committee.
  2. Cater to their every need.
  3. Pack them in.
  4. Make coordination easy.
  5. Eat your own dog food.
  6. Encourage creativity.
  7. Strive to reach consensus.
  8. Don’t be evil.
  9. Data drive decisions.
  10. Communicate effectively.

If you read the article carefully, they discussed several problems that are fundamental to EA including elimination of the "not invented here" plaque and ensuring that methods of communication can scale...

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