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  • 1. BUILDING A Software Development Team KHURRAM VIRANI JAKE HIRSCH-ALLEN
  • 2. KHURRAM VIRANI @viranik PARTNER Functional Imperative @func_i www.functionalimperative.com INSTRUCTOR Bitmaker Labs @bitmakerlabs www.bitmakerlabs.com
  • 3. JAKE HIRSCH- ALLEN @jakehirschallen PARTNER Functional Imperative @func_i www.functionalimperative.com DIRECTOR BD - OODA Technologies @oodatech www.ooda.ca SPM Incentives for Global Health @HealthImpact www.healthimpactfund.org
  • 4. DEMAND
  • 5. INDEED.COM Job Trends
  • 6. "Software Is Eating The World”Marc Andreessen, Aug 2011 Buy A 10x Software Developer: Its The Best Investment You Can Make… Venkatesh Rao, April 2016
  • 7. TORONTO
  • 8. TORONTO IS #8 Top 20 Startup Ecosystems Startup Genome Report 2012
  • 9. SR. DEVELOPER 80K 100K TORONTO: SALARIES JR. DEVELOPER (NEW CS GRAD) 50K 60K
  • 10. The Struggle
  • 11. SFOYYZ
  • 12. AND DETERMINING FIT HIRING
  • 13. THE GENERALIST THE SPECIALIST
  • 14. FRAMEWORK Developer APPLICATION Developer VS
  • 15. "Should I hire a Rails developer for my Django project?" Depends... Q:
  • 16. "Finding Great Developers"Joel Spolsky, 2006
  • 17. Great developers already have jobs Go where they hang out
  • 18. INTERVIEWING (MOSTLY TECHNICAL)
  • 19. Real World Example: ①  Transcript ②  Online Portfolio (apps, twitter, blog, github) ③  30m technical phone screen ④  Code challenge (1-2hr homework) ⑤  3h on-site technical interview ⑥  Pair programming with Sr. Dev (on-site half-day session) INTERVIEWING JUNIORS / NEW GRADS
  • 20. Jr. Ruby on Rails Developer: TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • 21. WHITEBOARD: FIZZ BUZZ WHY CAN'T PROGRAMMERS.. PROGRAM? http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/02/why-cant-programmers program.html FIZZ BUZZ TEST http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?FizzBuzzTest Write a program that prints the numbers from 1 to 100. But for multiples of three print “fizz” instead of the number and for the multiples of five print “buzz”. For numbers which are multiples of both three and five print “fizzbuzz”.
  • 22. Have more of your Sr.Devs interview them Conversational approach. More focus on past experience than writing FizzBuzz Discuss design patterns they like and solve architecture problems, instead of SQL statements INTERVIEWING SR. DEVELOPER
  • 23. COMMON QUESTIONS ①  But no one on my team (yet) is technical enough to conduct a technical interview… What then? ②  Should I hire a developer that knows language/framework X when we use language/framework Y? Eg: Python/Django <==> Ruby/Rails
  • 24. MORE THAN JUST A FOOSBALL TABLE CULTURE
  • 25. DEVELOPERS ARE CREATIVE Artists don't work 9 to 5
  • 26. DEVELOPERS AS PRODUCT DRIVERS esp. when the company IS the product
  • 27. lunch together LUNCH TOGETHER
  • 28. REMOTE TALENT NO, NOT “OFFSHORING”
  • 29. "Stop whining and start hiring remote workers" "Why We (Still) Believe in Working Remotely"
  • 30. ①  Don't want to relocate ②  Don't need to relocate ③  "My spouse is going to med school" ④  Productivity: "most of our remote developers work longer hours than our in-office devs." ⑤  Collaborative workspaces ⑥  Forces better communication ⑦  Not widely adopted (yet) WHY?
  • 31. Works super well with collaborative workspaces. Search online for remote full time positions today and you won't find much. ... But in a few years almost everyone will be doing it and it will be a no brainer.* REMOTE TALENT
  • 32. REMOTE TALE How?
  • 33. EQUITY FOR WHEN $$ IS JUST NOT ENOUGH
  • 34. EQUITY Very heavily debated topic. ① Fairness > % ② Vesting ③ Slices ④  Shotgun clause ⑤ Equity ! = Currency ⑥ Dilution / Valuation !%#&
  • 35. CONCLUSION ① High Demand: YYZ losing talent to SFO ② Remote talent & distributed teams => Future! ③ Startups: seek generalists ④ Established companies: seek both generalists & specialists ⑤ Technical interviews are very important ⑥ Go where the talent is ⑦ Culture is important to attract and retain talent ⑧ Give vesting equity to your founding team
  • 36. REFERENCES Further Reading http://alittlebitofjake.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/buy-a-10x-software-developer-its-the-best-investment- you-can-make/ http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/20/startup-genome-ranks-the-worlds-top-startup-ecosystems-silicon- valley-tel-aviv-l-a-lead-the-way/ http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/02/why-we-still-believe-in-working-remotely/ http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/FindingGreatDevelopers.html http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3064-stop-whining-and-start-hiring-remote-workers http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903480904576512250915629460.html http://justinjackson.ca/why-distributed-teams-are-more-effective/ http://answers.onstartups.com/questions/6949/forming-a-new-software-startup-how-do-i-allocate- ownership-fairly/23326#23326
  • 37. REFERENCES Further Reading http://foundrs.com/ http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/fd0n/35%20Founders%27%20Pie%20Calculator.htm http://berkonomics.com/?p=1214 http://billpayne.com/2011/02/14/startup-valuations-the-dave-berkus-method.html http://medstars.com/images/docs/modified_berkus_method.pdf http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2011/10/14/understanding-how-dilution-affects-you-at-a-startup/
  • 38. QUESTIONS? FIN.