What Price, Experience?
putting the band back together. This seems like a good time to revisit that thread, but this time, let’s focus on what it means to have an experienced team. Businesses are always advertising “experience”. I think we could all agree that years of experience is also not the only interesting metric to look at. But just for argument’s sake, let’s address it. I want to spend a moment debunking some of this:In a previous post, I discussed hiring “heroes” and
- You’ll see a local company advertising that they’ve been in business since 1950, for example. But then they don’t tell you that someone new bought the business two years ago and all the staff turned over. So, really, its a 2-yo business that is trying to leverage a 50+ year history.
- Consulting firms will often tell you how many “total” years of experience they have. “50 years of experience in software” – but of course if they have 50 people that’s an average of 1 year of experience per person… which sounds a bit less exciting. If its two people, that’s a bit more interesting, isn’t it?
- Companies will assign their “general” software experience to a “specific” software category, and conflate the two. For example, after doing 10 years of software deployments, and 3 years of BPM deployments, someone might say they have 13 years of process-oriented software deployments under their belt. Not an outright lie, but it sure is misleading, isn’t it?