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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

I am sure you have already read it, but Joel has a really good article today on "hiring the best".

More generally, I have always thought it is quite funny how businesses manipulate statistics like this. It is hard enough for a research scientist to get accurate numbers - even when they are trying to be impartial - studies are always being repeated and work is always being rechecked. Why should people expect it is easier for a business? Especially when there is so much immediate reward for inaccuracies and exaggerations.

Trying to manage through measurement makes good sense - if you can get realistic measurements.

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