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ERIC SINK ON THE BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE by Eric Sink

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Part TwoPeople

As a small company grows, each hiring decision is incredibly important. If your company has 30,000 employees, one "bad egg" doesn't make that much difference. If your company has four employees and you make an unwise decision hiring the fifth one, suddenly you have a problem that covers 20 percent of your staff. The next six chapters of this book are about people.

EightSMALL ISVs: YOU NEEDDEVELOPERS, NOTPROGRAMMERS

A common mistake is for a small company to hire someone who was previously a success in a large company. The logic seems to make sense. If this person did such great things at XYZ Corporation, that means they are really smart, right?

In general, stuff doesn't work that way. A person can be really smart and also be ...

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