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Growing a Development Team (#wcmia)

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A business discussion about two consultants - a developer and a designer scaling into a team of 21 working together to deliver large-scale WordPress implementations. From WordCamp Miami 2013

A business discussion about two consultants - a developer and a designer scaling into a team of 21 working together to deliver large-scale WordPress implementations. From WordCamp Miami 2013

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  • 1. The Dog Who Caught the Car Growing a dev team @nickgernert // VoceThursday, April 11, 13
  • 2. Let’s get started... • A bit about me • A lot about the teamThursday, April 11, 13
  • 3. A bit about me • From Winter Haven, FL • Finance graduate from the University of Central Florida • Developer by desire • Head Platforms team atThursday, April 11, 13
  • 4. A lot about the team • Custom app development team • 21 full-time / 0 freelancers • Account managers, developers and designers • Distributed across Florida, NYC, Georgia, Iowa and Utah • Sales team of zero • Always looking for talented peopleThursday, April 11, 13
  • 5. The tl;dr • Know yourself • You can’t do it aloneThursday, April 11, 13
  • 6. We’re all chasingThursday, April 11, 13
  • 7. Our “car” • Create unique experiences • Empower publishersThursday, April 11, 13
  • 8. ChildhoodThursday, April 11, 13
  • 9. Childhood • Be honest about your strengths • Develop your guiding principles • Create relationships. (read: find partners) • Invest. Invest. Invest. • Find your captainsThursday, April 11, 13
  • 10. PubertyThursday, April 11, 13
  • 11. PubertyThursday, April 11, 13
  • 12. Puberty • Federate the day-to-day • Specialize roles • Hire thoughtfully • Standardize platforms • Focus on delivering • Do what you know is rightThursday, April 11, 13
  • 13. The tipping pointThursday, April 11, 13
  • 14. Young adultsThursday, April 11, 13
  • 15. Young adults • Empower problem solving • Own development ops • Invest in account management • Create new opportunitiesThursday, April 11, 13
  • 16. The tl;dr • Know yourself • You can’t do it aloneThursday, April 11, 13
  • 17. Questions? nick@voceconnect.com | Twitter / Instagram / FB: nickgernertThursday, April 11, 13