BizCraft Episode 27: Hitting the reset button and removing management

BizCraft Ep27

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About the Show

This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

We talked about:

Converge Florida

We talked a bit about how we thought ConvergeFL went, what would we change & what was the highlight for each of us.

Hitting the Reset Button

Carl recently started working with a large agency again. How to set this type of thing up properly, based on trust and telling the truth.

nGen’s payment structure changes for new employees

Paying peeps at work. Hourly vs. Salary (typically businesses pay new people more than the team already in place.) What should a new person make coming into the team for the first time?

Removing Bosses

We dug in deep on this post about how Treehouse removed the middle management layer from their company.

Specifically we talked through this section of the post.

What do Managers Do?
In my experience, managers’ responsibilities are:

Communicating messages from top to bottom
Settling disputes
Managing careers
Keeping their teams motivated and happy
Shielding their teams from things they didn’t think they needed to know

Questions from the Kids:

From Chris Harrison
What suggestions could you offer to those with fragmented tech/web communities… Specifically: How do you get people to participate in events you hold and/or sponsor? How have you stayed motivated when community participation waned? Any general advice you could give to someone wanting to holding something like Converge in their city?

Beers from the end of the show

Gene: Spaten Oktoberfest bier Ur-Märzen + Dales Pale Ale in a Can
Carl: Nuthin’ – he’s getting healthy or some crap…

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.