Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sitecore’s MVP Award 2016

Did you know that there are more than 15,000 certified Sitecore developers in the world? 
There are some interesting stats in Sitecore’s MVPAward 2015 overview video. 

Nominations for 2016 are now open.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MBO without "O"

One of the most important and difficult things in Management by Objectives is a process of setting goals. There are criteria (SMART) for the goals, and KPIs for their evaluation.

However, the biggest issue appears exactly on a stage of evaluating achievements. It comes from the fact that managers should evaluate the person, not the goal. This slightly contradicts some part of the MBO description, however this is the true aim of people management. For a person’s development it is very important HOW, not only WHAT.

Let’s see an example of the goal “Release version 4 of MyProduct”. Does it match SMART? Well, yes. Goal is achieved at the end of the period – MyProduct v.4 is released, on time and without bugs. Good. But what does it say about the person’s work on it? For me – nothing. Did he put efforts, regular or enormous? Did he go an extra mile to make this happen? What was depending on him at all? Was it an achievement for the person or just usual activities he can perform for sure?

MBO Goals are serving the following needs:

  • Pharos to help a person grow in right direction
  • Aligning moving directions between company and an employee
  • Aligning priorities for the company and employee

Goals are not tasks. While a goal itself can be or sound as something that should be implemented, there should be assumed some efforts (not steps) behind that. This is what makes difference between good and bad goals.

For people development the aim of the real analysis is exactly the efforts to achieve a goal and extra miles out of the goal. Achieving a goal from formal side is just “must have” situation, this is what a person should do as a part of his job, this is what he is being paid for. It’s a bit strange to praise a senior engineer for not failing his duties.

Instructions and tasks are not the goals. There is certain level of expectation from each employee, that includes complexity of tasks he must execute.

Funny thing here, that we do not always need goals to evaluate a person. Goals might become unnatural sentences that have nothing to do with reality and prevent proper people development.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sitecore 8. Welcome future right now

Welcome next step in Experience Platform - Sitecore 8!

And just a bit of how we celebrated it

Friday, June 6, 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sitecore CMS SPEAK at youtube

Short demos of the SPEAK UI framework in Sitecore CMS. The purpose of these videos is to show off what can be done wíth SPEAK and how quickly it can be done.

The link 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

UA Mobile 2013 Conference

Sitecore is paying growing attention to the mobile development.

It's becoming regular for us to participate in different conferences devoted to mobile platforms development. This year I'm happy to see two our employees already as speakers at the UA Mobile 2013 Conference.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sitecore Careers in LinkedIn

Take a look at the updated Sitecore Career page in LinkedIn

There are some well-known (for Sitecorians at least) faces :)