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bio website briandanchilla.com
location Canada
age 32
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Author of:
"Beginning WebGL for HTML5", Apress 2012
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"Pro PHP Programming", Apress 2011
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Sep
9
comment “Do you have any questions for us?” In an interview
+1 @Ant Yes, staff turnover is a very good metric of satisfaction with a company. Unfortunately, I would be skeptical that a HR person/interviewer would give an accurate number.
Jan
14
comment If your workmate is quitting his job, would you notify your boss?
+1 for the wikileaks reference
Nov
4
comment 4x as much work as I can actually do, what now?
+1 Very difficult but important to get ahold of one's emotions.
Nov
4
comment “Do you have any questions for us?” In an interview
For me, it's a new position (expanding) but that is a good question.
Nov
4
comment 4x as much work as I can actually do, what now?
Mention these things to him. If he does not pad the estimates, do so yourself. If you think something will take 30hrs but have other projects on the go, say "it will take atleast 60hrs if I had no other work, but it will probably take a month with my current workload".
Nov
4
comment 4x as much work as I can actually do, what now?
My boss sets timelines by taking the hour quote I give them (Say 30 hours)...(4 days)...regardless of other projects It sounds to me like your boss is at fault in two ways here. First, every company I have ever worked for has taken a programmers estimate and multiplied it by some sort of padding factor. This takes into account over optimism, unforseeable problems, etc. ex) 30hr quote times a padding factor of 2x to 3x = 60 to 90 hours. Second, your boss's calculation only works for the first project. After that he needs to learn basic addition, namely that 4+4=8 days not 4. Best of luck.
Nov
3
comment “Do you have any questions for us?” In an interview
I like the reasoning in your answer.
Nov
3
comment “Do you have any questions for us?” In an interview
I like some of these questions. Others would be interesting to know but fairly impractical to ask. ie) 'Do you use the best tools money can buy'