What Top-Earning Programmers Do That You Don’t Want To – Presentation from Music City Code 2016

Abstract: How can one programmer build from scratch in two months what two teams with million-dollar budgets and multi-year timelines could not? Short answer: by thinking differently about how to build software. In this status-quo challenging talk, a 10X programmer shows how simplifying his approach to software development helps him produce significantly better outcomes. If you want to earn top …

Presentations for CodeStock 2016 – How to Hire Programmers, How to Manage a Technical Lead

CodeStock is an annual technology and entrepreneur conference held in Knoxville, TN. The community votes on presentations and I was happy to have one full-length and one lighting talk selected. PDF for both decks below. How to Interview and Select Programmers You’ll Actually Want as Teammates Abstract: Few things will ruin a great job faster than a bad hire, but there …

How to Write a Job Description That Stands Out

If you are trying to fill a competitive position, then using a “me-too” job description that reads just like all the others won’t cut it. Go to Dice.com or Monster.com, search for the position you’re hiring for in your city, and read five job descriptions. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Welcome back. Notice how most sound the same? If you’re trying …

8 Factors That Reveal if a Programmer Will Fit Your Team and Organization

Earlier this week, I Interviewed a developer who was planning to quit a once-loved job after four years. It’s a story I hear often. Like most programmers, he can be an “A” player when on the right team and working on the right types of projects. For four years he was just that. Six months ago, a new architect was …