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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tim Lister, Peter Hruschka, Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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41. Peer Preview

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The organization involves peers of the candidate in the hiring process.

In most organizations today, the ultimate decision to offer a candidate a technical position lies clearly with management. Managers hire, and managers fire; no doubt about it. But in some organizations, the decision of whether to offer positions to technical people rests—in part—with those who will be their colleagues. This peer preview has only one outcome: When managers let the technical staff have a say, everyone—candidate, staff, and manager—comes out ahead.

The early stages of the hiring process are pretty much unchanged: There is an initial screening ...

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