Survivor – Development

I once heard of a development group where every three months a vote was taken and the bottom ten percent of the group were replaced by newcomers. It sounded a bit like Survivor – Development.

A common immediate reaction is to assume that it would become a popularity contest but that wasn’t the case. The group had very specific KPI’s to achieve and those that helped achieve those goals were well respected in the group, regardless of “popularity”. Really anti-social folk tended to get removed though. (In our company, one of the tests we use during the hiring phase is lovingly called the “no axe murderers” test. I think we have Chris Hewitt to thank for that awesome terminology.)

When working as a manager, I always felt that Australian laws made it very difficult to remove the dead-wood out of teams. Clearly, having a tribal council and an eviction for certain development groups wouldn’t work, but on this Australia Day public holiday, ask yourself this: If your team had a vote yesterday, would you still have a job on Monday? If not, do something about that now.

Pan’s Labrynth

I don’t normally write movie review blog entries but I went to see Pan’s Labrynth with a group from Readify last night. Director Guillermo Del Toro has done a stunning job on this. Fantasy drama isn’t really my thing but I found the movie captivating. It is an amazing work. It’s more impressive when you consider the movie is in Spanish (but fortunately with large English subtitles). It didn’t take long at all to stop thinking about the Spanish. It is not for everyone though. It has a high level of graphic violence related to the Spanish military of the times which is stunningly offset by the fantasy world in the labrynth. That said, it is easily one of the best movies I have seen.


It is unlikely you’ll see it in many of the mainstream theatres because it’s in Spanish but it’s worth chasing down. One person with us did find the realistic portrayal of the violence a bit confronting but I thought it was completely appropriate to the story.


Recommended!   (and note carefully the adult rating)