real world programming

business development

Posted by kevinup on August 8, 2007

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about running a successful business. My end goal would be to work for myself someday, with some other hot-shot developers, I’m not quite ready to venture out on my own but in the mean time I continue to plot and scheme about it. Steve McConnell has two awesome posts about running a successful company. Here are some of the highlights which I hope to use someday:


Construx’s COO communicates openly and directly. He spends a lot of time worrying about morale. He makes sure that issues don’t tend to fester.


401K with 100% match up to 10% of salary. 24 days of vacation minimum. Employees can turn down assignments that aren’t appealing to them as long as they’re pulling their weight overall.


Construx holds weekly “wind downs,” during which employees drink beer and wine, sit on sofas, and chat.


We believe strongly that we can be good to our employees and still be profitable – furthermore, that being good to our employees will actually help profitability in the long run.

I found these posts incredibly refreshing. What does this mean to me right now? Nothing unfortunately, it was nice to see that there are cool companies and cool people running them. Its too bad that Washington state is on the other side of the world from Ohio, because I’d love to send them my resume.


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