How to Hire Programmers – Presentation from CodeMash 2017

Abstract: Few things will ruin a great team faster than a bad hire, but there are few resources to help you hire better. In fact, most advice for hiring programmers is bad advice because it is applicable to very few teams and organizations. In this session, you’ll learn a hiring playbook that covers both technical ability and team fit. It …

How to Hire Programmers – Presentation from DevSpace 2016

Abstract: Few things will ruin a great job faster than a bad hire, but there are very few resources to help you hire better. In fact, most programmers and hiring managers have little or no training in hiring programmers and just wing it. In this session, you’ll learn that most advice for hiring programmers could be setting you up for …

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 …