Old Developers Just Don't Get It

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Which programmer knows best: The old guy, or the kid? Can they get by working together on a product road map? How do these drastically different generations work on an open source software product together? Or are they more similar than they think?

TechCrunch released data in 2010 on “Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret” – how Startups prefer to hire young inexperienced developers because they are more flexible and cost less money. More recently in April 2013, a Forrester study found that middle-aged developers are “driving cloud development.” In 2013, 71% of cloud developers have at least six years of programming experience and 11% have over 20 years experience.

Generation Xer Ed (the old guy), and Millennial John-Michael (JMO, the kid) will share generation struggles, and lessons learned (along with a few amusing anecdotes) while working on their company’s open source software product, Tendenci.

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Old Developers Just Don't Get It

  1. 1. “Old Developers Just Don’t Get It.” “Yes They Do.” “No They Don’t.” Ed Schipul @eschipul John-Michael Oswalt @jmoswalt Tendenci @tendenci
  2. 2. THE OLD GUY CEO 15 year old biz Invented Tendenci 500+ clients 30+ employees Married 3 Kids 1 Dog Chickens GEN X-ER
  3. 3. I WORK WITH MILLENNIALS
  4. 4. HOW DO I DO IT?
  5. 5. GEN X DEMOGRAPHIC Born from 1965 – 1977 Entrepreneurial Spirit “Corporate America” Distrust Possessions
  6. 6. MILLENNIAL DEMOGRAPHIC Born From 1978 – 1996 Greater Good Tech Travel
  7. 7. 2015 All Millennials in the workforce
  8. 8. ARE YOU SERIOUS OLD MAN? Listen to me
  9. 9. WHY ALL THE TENSION? Knowledge Transfer
  10. 10. HOW OLD ARE YOU? 85% of Github users are under 45
  11. 11. OLD VS. YOUNG DEMOGRAPHICS 2002 developers 11 years experience 2013 developers 6 years experience
  12. 12. MY EXPERIENCE VS. YOURS
  13. 13. GEN X BUY IN Sense of independence and trust
  14. 14. MILLENNIAL BUY IN Team with Common Goal “Save the world” idealists
  15. 15. COME TOGETHER TO CREATE Create something Work on something interesting Make a difference
  16. 16. BUILDING ON OPEN SOURCE Community is better than a single company
  17. 17. RELEASED ON OPEN SOURCE Going public was just the beginning
  18. 18. LIVING OUR VALUES Building a community like the one we learned from
  19. 19. SOMETHING X & Y BOTH LOVE Non-profit Love Organizing People Doing good
  20. 20. FORK ME FOR SOCIAL GOOD Thank you, Ed Schipul @eschipul John-Michael Oswalt @jmoswalt http://github.com/tendenci

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