31 episodes

Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

Better ROI from Software Development Red Folder Consultancy Ltd

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

    #30: Recruitment - Understanding worth

    #30: Recruitment - Understanding worth

    This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of course be focusing on software development.

    In this episode I talk about getting a good understanding of the market before you go into it.

    Software Development remuneration has risen steadily for quite some time.

    Dependent on the skills and experience your role requires, you may find that previous recruitment may not be an accurate guide to current market rates.

    Blindly going into the market with a figure based on historical recruitment can quickly affect you ability to attract the best people.

    Also, given that many organisations has a recruitment sign off process, having a eye on the market before getting any rates signed off can avoid recruitment stalling for lack of enough approved funds.

    • 7 min
    #29: Recruitment - Defining the role

    #29: Recruitment - Defining the role

    This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of course be focusing on software development.

    In this episode I talk about the importance of defining the role.

    • 10 min
    #28: Recruitment - Is a permanent employee the right thing for you?

    #28: Recruitment - Is a permanent employee the right thing for you?

    This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of course be focusing on software development.

    In this episode I ask the question if traditional recruitment, a permanent employee, is the right thing for you?

    While the first inclination maybe to advertise and recruit for a permanent employee, it may not be the right way of getting that extra help.

    And with the rise of the gig-economy and a shortage of skilled software developers on the market, sometimes you may have to look at alternatives.

    I'll also talk about the alternative options such as using contractors or outsourcing.

    • 9 min
    #27: Recruitment - Should you be recruiting at all?

    #27: Recruitment - Should you be recruiting at all?

    This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of course be focusing on software development.

    Somewhat at odds with the title of the mini-series, I first ask the question: "should you be recruiting at all?"

    I find many organisations are recruiting when they shouldn't be ... Along with more than a few that should be recruiting and aren't.

    I believe our traditional management techniques would have us recruit to solve the wrong types of problems - which can often produce the opposite of the desired outcome.

    In this episode, I will be looking at some of the reasons why recruitment may not be solving the right problem.

    • 12 min
    #26 Recruitment - A mini-series

    #26 Recruitment - A mini-series

    Over the coming episodes I'm going to take a deep dive into recruitment.

    Recruitment is singularly one of the most important roles of management.

    Our businesses are run and operated by people.

    Yes processes, tools and a hundred other things can help, but ultimately it is the people that make the business.

    So over the coming few episodes I want to talk about various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of course be focusing on software development.

    In this episode, I will be summarising the themes that I plan to look at over the coming weeks.

    • 8 min
    #25: The series so far

    #25: The series so far

    Welcome to the 25th episode.

    I decide I wanted to use this episode as both a recap to the series so far and as a good entry point for new listeners.

    During this episode, I'll be summarising the key takeaways so far - and which episodes to listen to if you want more.

    • 17 min

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