Improving the Developer Hiring Experience, with Headlight's Wayne Gerard

Today’s a really exciting day for us. Our startup just acquired a New York City-based tech hiring platform called Headlight.

We're sitting down with Wayne Gerard to talk about this transition. We wanted to know what they’ve learned while uncovering some of the best software engineers in New York City. Over the past two years, they’ve uncovered hidden gems and made the hiring process better for both developers and hiring managers. What’s more, they did it in one of the nation’s most competitive job markets. We could all learn something from their story.

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Tim Hickle
Using Rubrics For More Objective Hiring, With Christine Spang

Today on Scaling Software Teams, we’re joined by Christine Spang, Co-Founder and CTO at Nylas - an API built to integrate clients’ email, calendar, and contact applications in one seamless interface. We talked to Christine about her self-care philosophy - as well as her thoughts on the current state of diversity in tech, and why hiring rubrics need to confront many of the biases present in the humans who construct them.

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Empowering Our Teams With The Right Tools, With Amjad Masad

Amjad is the founder and CEO of Repl.it. Repl.it is a Y Combinator-backed online development environment that helps developers learn, build, collaborate, and host all in one place. They’re on a mission to make programming more accessible.

In this episode, Amjad shared why he believes that discovery great people is the key to great teams. He contrasts that with talent identification, which is about credentials and resumes.

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Explaining the “why” behind your features, with Mitch Stewart

Mitch Stewart is the co-founder of Guru, a software company based out of Pennsylvania that is working with companies like Shopify, Square, and Spotify to unify their team’s collective knowledge and empower them with information when they need it most.

In this episode, we talk about some of the management practices that have made Mitch successful at Guru. We dive into his transition from developer to manager, and the lessons he learned about building and motivating teams along the way.

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Being a Tortoise in a Hare’s World, With Ade Olonoh

Ade Olonoh is the founder of two companies with similar names, but very different stories.

Formstack is an online form builder that has witnessed slow, steady growth since its founding in 2006. Formspring was an anonymous social Q&A app that grew from zero users to over a million users in 45 days, making it the fastest growing social network in history at the time.

In this episode, Ade shared what he’s learned about fast growth, as someone who naturally a steady approach.

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Assessing Over 400 Software Engineering Candidates in 72 Hours, Without Using Resumes

In 2018, TechPoint partnered with Woven to screen the engineering applications for their Xtern program, and the result was 75% assessment completion rate, a dramatic increase over the prior year. The secret to improvement wasn’t luck or magic. It was a tried-and-true formula that Woven’s Founders had crafted while screening over 2,000 engineering candidates throughout their careers.

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Treating Engineering Teams Like Adults, Part 2 with Jacob Kaplan-Moss

In part one of our conversation, we discussed how Jacob helps rapid-growth software companies navigate change using the Satir Change Model, and how prioritizing the emotional well-being of contributors is the key to weathering whatever storm comes your way. Today’s interview touches on two things that every startup leader should be thinking about as they grow their team: how to craft company policies that are equitable and accessible to all, and how to document those policies so they have an equitable impact.

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Using the Satir Change Management Model On A Rapidly-Growing Software Team

If you’re on a fast-growth software team, you know that change is inevitable.  But when you’re a team leader within your organization, people will look to you to weather this change, and to help them determine what their future looks like. In our recent conversation with Jacob Kaplan-Moss, we discussed one such process - the Satir Change Model - and how it’s helped several fast-growth software teams navigate change without going off the deep end.

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Managing Mental Health Within Your Software Engineering Team

According to the Stack Overflow 2018 Developer Survey, nearly one in five developers say that they struggle with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or both. And while there are plenty of reasons for this statistic,  it’s an issue that Micah took upon himself to explore - both for his own mental health, and that of his team. So, if you’re managing a software engineering team today, what changes can you make to be conscious of your team’s mental health?

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How to Minimize Your Risk of Hiring the Wrong Person For Your Engineering Team

Hiring great engineers is hard, and the faster your organization is growing, the harder it is. You need to get talented people in the door today in order to hit your product roadmap goals, but the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the cost of hiring the wrong employee is at least 30% of their first year’s salary. So, what can you do in your hiring process to minimize the likelihood that you hire the wrong person? Let’s explore…

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How Long Does It Take To Hire A Great Software Engineer For Your SaaS Startup?

Hiring for a high-growth software team is tough. So, how long will it take you to fill the software engineering positions you have open? In this post, we’ll discuss how many days your hiring process should be, and how long it will take for you to fill your software engineering role. Additionally, we’ll explore how much management time it takes to vet and interview candidates for your software development roles…

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Making the Transition From a Software Developer to a Manager

Roger Deetz is the textbook definition of a software leader. Early in his career, however, Roger never saw himself going down this path. He bristled at the idea of management, wanting to avoid wasting time buried in his email so that he could prioritize creating—a sentiment familiar to many software engineers. This is the story of how he made the transition to engineering management…

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How to Motivate a Software Engineering Team Without Using Your “Boss Card”

Whether you’re new to managing software engineers, or you’re an experienced software leader, motivating your software engineering team to do their best work can be a challenge. You don’t want to be too heavy-handed and play your “boss card” too often, or you risk alienating your team. Let’s explore some ways you can motivate your team without relying on your role power.

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Learning The Hard Work Of Hiring, with Randy Syring

On today’s episode of Scaling Software Teams, we’re talking with Randy Syring, Chief Executive Developer at Louisville-based software development firm Level 12. Randy has one of the more unique backgrounds of any tech leader you’ll find - trying his hand at flying Apache helicopters and pursuing a career as a pastor before getting into engineering full-time. But once he fell into software development, he never looked back.

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