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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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The Business School Conundrum

Since most managers have not been trained in management methods and techniques, they are very uncomfortable interviewing anyone for a management position. A case in point happened to me recently. I was being interviewed for a senior program manager position. Before the interview, I was given a "test" and asked to fill it out before the interview began. The test consisted of a set of riddles, and I was to fill in the answers. It turns out that the riddles were literally "outside the box"—they had appeared on boxes of breakfast cereal. It was obvious that the manager was not equipped to ask management-related questions. Examples of management-related questions would include giving the candidate a project management ...

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