In this age of email, IM, Video Chat, VoIP, forums, wiki, weblogs and such, why does Google need an Open Source Programs Manager within bus-riding distance of their offices? Do others still work like it’s the 80s?
I’ve bemoaned this to myself on several occasions, but this instance really got under my skin this morning: Google, the ‘internet/web’ people, want an Open Source Programs Manager according to craigslist.
This position will involve travel but can be satisfied by candidates located in New York, Kirkland, Wa., Santa Monica or Mountain View, Ca.
Seriously? The entire job takes place over the interwebs except for the boring part of talking to legal/brass. Why would you only want someone who’s capable of the bottom 20% of the work?
Seriously look at these requirements:
* BS in Computer Science, or equivalent experience.
* A proven track record opening software in large organizations.
* A thorough understanding of open source/free software licensing issues.
* Technical speaking experience.
* Strong interpersonal communication skills.
* Strong project management skills.
* Experience working with the technology press and online journalists/bloggers.
* Experience with Sourceforge, Tigris and Savannah and able to properly leverage them.
Geography is not that big a deal with this job and yet you’ve probably eliminated 90% of the best candidates. Including me. And that’s what really cheeses me off. Your best candidates “leverage” the internet.. they’re not slaves to geography.
How can Google of all companies not understand working collaboratively over the internet?
I live in a little slice of heaven and have considered moving a couple of times, but get pulled back by the idea of raising my kids in a nice little town, being twenty minutes from some of the warmest beaches in the world (in the summer that is), and generally resisting the idea that companies really want someone close rather than someone passionate and good at what they do.
Wouldn’t you rather hire that kind of person over someone who can catch the bus to work?