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Daniel Tunkelang: Interviewing Engineers is an Engineering Problem
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Daniel Tunkelang: Interviewing Engineers is an Engineering Problem

There's a lot of advice out there about how to interview software engineers, much of it good. But what's been missing is a framing of interviewing engineers asmultiple...

Daniel Tunkelang: Should Interviewers Require Take-Home Coding Assignments?
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Daniel Tunkelang: Should Interviewers Require Take-Home Coding Assignments?

Earlier this week, my colleague Jakob Heuser published a post entitled "I'm Sorry, I Won't Do Your Take Home Coding Exercise". Here's a summary of his argumenthow...

Daniel Tunkelang: Interviewing Engineers is a Team Sport
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Daniel Tunkelang: Interviewing Engineers is a Team Sport

Let me start with a shout-out to Yishan Wong, who wrote the definitive essay on hiring engineers. Here’s how it begins: Hiring is number one. This means "make hiring...

Daniel Tunkelang: Whose Data Is It Anyway?
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Daniel Tunkelang: Whose Data Is It Anyway?

Last week Paul Adams, who was part of the original Google+ team and then spent a couple of years at Facebook, published a great post on product lessons we can learn...

Daniel Tunkelang: When to Disagree and Not Commit
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Daniel Tunkelang: When to Disagree and Not Commit

Companies such as Intel and Amazon have popularized an approach to group decision making known as "disagree and commit". During the decision-making process, everyone's...

Daniel Tunkelang: Is Engineering-Driven Culture Sexist?
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Daniel Tunkelang: Is Engineering-Driven Culture Sexist?

Some topics are hot enough that most people in the tech industry simply avoid them. One is the sexism that prevails in tech company cultures. Another is the way...

Daniel Tunkelang: Search as Communication
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Daniel Tunkelang: Search as Communication

Last year, I gave a talk at Etsy on "Search as Communication" as part of their Code as Craft speaker series. I'm pleased to see that the video is now posted on...

Daniel Tunkelang: Your Trade-Offs Define You
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Daniel Tunkelang: Your Trade-Offs Define You

In her essay "On Self-Respect", Joan Didion tells us that "people with self-respect have the courage of their mistakes. They know the price of things." I read that...

Daniel Tunkelang: Search Quality at LinkedIn
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Daniel Tunkelang: Search Quality at LinkedIn

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure to see my colleagues Abhimanyu Lad and Satya Kanduri talk to the Bay Area Search Meetup about "Search Quality at LinkedIn"...

Daniel Tunkelang: Socializing Search. Professionally.
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Daniel Tunkelang: Socializing Search. Professionally.

Attending the annual O'Reilly Strata Conference on big data has become an annual tradition. This year, my colleague Sriram Sankar and I talked about LinkedIn Search...

Daniel Tunkelang: Hacking the Management Pyramid
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Daniel Tunkelang: Hacking the Management Pyramid

The latest management buzzword is "holacracy", a corporate governance philosophy that replaces the traditional chain of command with employee self-government. Twitter...

Daniel Tunkelang: The Changing Face of Exploratory Search
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Daniel Tunkelang: The Changing Face of Exploratory Search

A key contribution from library science to search engine developers is the distinction between navigational search and exploratory search.Navigational search is...

Daniel Tunkelang: Machine Learning as a Metaphor
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Daniel Tunkelang: Machine Learning as a Metaphor

Last week, I attended the QCon international software development conference in San Francisco, where I had the honor to chair a track on Applied Machine Learning...

Daniel Tunkelang: Social Search in a Professional Context
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Daniel Tunkelang: Social Search in a Professional Context

Today, I had the honor of presenting a keynote at the Workshop on Data-driven User Behavioral Modeling and Mining from Social Media, taking place as part of the...

Daniel Tunkelang: You're the Boss of You
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Daniel Tunkelang: You're the Boss of You

Students of organizational behavior know that bad managers are a key reason employees quit. Good companies internalize this research and focus on improving their...

Daniel Tunkelang: Executives Need Press Training Too
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Daniel Tunkelang: Executives Need Press Training Too

At all the companies where I've worked, there's a clear policy governing how employees interact with the press. And with good reason: statements from employees,...

Daniel Tunkelang: Optimize for the Short Snout
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Daniel Tunkelang: Optimize for the Short Snout

In 2004, Chris Anderson wrote an article entitled "The Long Tail" popularizing the notion that, in online markets, the tail of the statistical distribution isPower...

Daniel Tunkelang: What is a Thought Leader?
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Daniel Tunkelang: What is a Thought Leader?

I have a confession to make.When I hear the term "thought leader", I cringe. Perhaps you also imagine a blowhard who pontificates about topics without any expertise...

Daniel Tunkelang: Software Patents: A Tax on Innovation
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Daniel Tunkelang: Software Patents: A Tax on Innovation

New Zealand just abolished software patents. Good on ya, mates!And, a few weeks ago, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitledIntellectual...

Daniel Tunkelang: Remembering Gene
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Daniel Tunkelang: Remembering Gene

Gene Golovchinsky died last week. He had just turned 48, far too young to be taken from us. I was fortunate to have seen him recently -- I had dinner with him at...
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