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Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent by Joel Spolsky

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Chapter 7FIXING SUBOPTIMALTEAMS

Inheriting an existing team is sort of like being a dentist with a patient who hasn't been to see a dentist for about twenty years, and various teeth are starting to hurt. You're going to have to do three things:

  1. A detailed inspection and X-ray. Figure out where the problems are: what teeth are solid; what teeth need repairs, and which teeth just need to be pulled out and replaced.
  2. A lot of drilling to remove rotted areas.
  3. Fillings and porcelain inlays to fill in the big gaps left by all the drilling.

It's going to be rather painful and you're going to have to put your fingers in peoples' mouths, but after a ...

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