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

How to Hire Cover Codestock 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 failure because it is applicable to very few teams and organizations. You’ll learn how to decide which programmer type is best for your project; the eight factors that reveal if a programmer will be a good fit for your team; how to talk about your project so it stands out from the crowd; and how to perform programmer interviews that are fun and revealing. This session will help you make your next teammate a great fit.


Five Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask a Technical Lead

Five Questions Cover-CodeStock 2016

Abstract: How is a non-technical entrepreneur supposed to interview and manage a technical lead when even technical people find it difficult? In this talk, a veteran of Microsoft, Silicon Valley, and multiple startups shows you an easy and accessible way to do it. You’ll learn how to communicate your vision, and you’ll learn five questions whose answers will reveal if a technical lead is right for your team and is keeping your project on track. This session will help you stop winging it and become more intentional with your technical hiring and management.