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BUILDING
A Software
Development Team
KHURRAM VIRANI
JAKE HIRSCH-ALLEN
KHURRAM
VIRANI @viranik
PARTNER
Functional Imperative @func_i
www.functionalimperative.com
INSTRUCTOR
Bitmaker Labs @bitma...
JAKE HIRSCH-
ALLEN @jakehirschallen
PARTNER
Functional Imperative @func_i
www.functionalimperative.com
DIRECTOR
BD - OODA ...
DEMAND
INDEED.COM
Job Trends
"Software Is Eating
The World”Marc Andreessen, Aug 2011
Buy A 10x Software Developer: Its
The Best Investment You Can
Make...
TORONTO
TORONTO IS #8
Top 20 Startup Ecosystems
Startup Genome Report 2012
SR. DEVELOPER
80K
100K
TORONTO:
SALARIES
JR. DEVELOPER
(NEW CS GRAD)
50K
60K
The
Struggle
SFOYYZ
AND
DETERMINING FIT
HIRING
THE
GENERALIST
THE
SPECIALIST
FRAMEWORK
Developer
APPLICATION
Developer
VS
"Should I hire a Rails
developer for my Django
project?"
Depends...
Q:
"Finding Great
Developers"Joel Spolsky, 2006
Great developers
already have
jobs
Go where they
hang out
INTERVIEWING
(MOSTLY TECHNICAL)
Real World Example:
①  Transcript
②  Online Portfolio (apps, twitter, blog, github)
③  30m technical phone screen
④  Code ...
Jr. Ruby on Rails Developer:
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
WHITEBOARD: FIZZ BUZZ
WHY CAN'T PROGRAMMERS.. PROGRAM?
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/02/why-cant-programmers
progr...
Have more of your Sr.Devs interview them
Conversational approach.
More focus on past experience than writing
FizzBuzz
Disc...
COMMON QUESTIONS
①  But no one on my team (yet) is technical
enough to conduct a technical interview…
What then?
②  Should...
MORE THAN JUST
A FOOSBALL TABLE
CULTURE
DEVELOPERS ARE
CREATIVE
Artists don't work 9 to 5
DEVELOPERS AS
PRODUCT DRIVERS
esp. when the company IS the
product
lunch
together
LUNCH
TOGETHER
REMOTE
TALENT
NO, NOT
“OFFSHORING”
"Stop whining
and start hiring
remote workers"
"Why We (Still)
Believe in Working
Remotely"
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 re...
Works super well with collaborative
workspaces.
Search online for remote full time
positions today and you won't find
much...
REMOTE TALE
How?
EQUITY
FOR WHEN $$ IS
JUST NOT ENOUGH
EQUITY
Very heavily debated topic.
① Fairness > %
② Vesting
③ Slices
④  Shotgun clause
⑤ Equity ! = Currency
⑥ Dilution / ...
CONCLUSION
① High Demand: YYZ losing talent to SFO
② Remote talent & distributed teams => Future!
③ Startups: seek general...
REFERENCES
Further Reading
http://alittlebitofjake.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/buy-a-10x-software-developer-its-the-best-inve...
REFERENCES
Further Reading
http://foundrs.com/
http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/fd0n/35%20Founders%27%20Pie%20Calculator.htm...
QUESTIONS?
FIN.
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  1. 1. BUILDING A Software Development Team KHURRAM VIRANI JAKE HIRSCH-ALLEN
  2. 2. KHURRAM VIRANI @viranik PARTNER Functional Imperative @func_i www.functionalimperative.com INSTRUCTOR Bitmaker Labs @bitmakerlabs www.bitmakerlabs.com
  3. 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. 4. DEMAND
  5. 5. INDEED.COM Job Trends
  6. 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. 7. TORONTO
  8. 8. TORONTO IS #8 Top 20 Startup Ecosystems Startup Genome Report 2012
  9. 9. SR. DEVELOPER 80K 100K TORONTO: SALARIES JR. DEVELOPER (NEW CS GRAD) 50K 60K
  10. 10. The Struggle
  11. 11. SFOYYZ
  12. 12. AND DETERMINING FIT HIRING
  13. 13. THE GENERALIST THE SPECIALIST
  14. 14. FRAMEWORK Developer APPLICATION Developer VS
  15. 15. "Should I hire a Rails developer for my Django project?" Depends... Q:
  16. 16. "Finding Great Developers"Joel Spolsky, 2006
  17. 17. Great developers already have jobs Go where they hang out
  18. 18. INTERVIEWING (MOSTLY TECHNICAL)
  19. 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. 20. Jr. Ruby on Rails Developer: TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
  21. 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. 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. 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. 24. MORE THAN JUST A FOOSBALL TABLE CULTURE
  25. 25. DEVELOPERS ARE CREATIVE Artists don't work 9 to 5
  26. 26. DEVELOPERS AS PRODUCT DRIVERS esp. when the company IS the product
  27. 27. lunch together LUNCH TOGETHER
  28. 28. REMOTE TALENT NO, NOT “OFFSHORING”
  29. 29. "Stop whining and start hiring remote workers" "Why We (Still) Believe in Working Remotely"
  30. 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. 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. 32. REMOTE TALE How?
  33. 33. EQUITY FOR WHEN $$ IS JUST NOT ENOUGH
  34. 34. EQUITY Very heavily debated topic. ① Fairness > % ② Vesting ③ Slices ④  Shotgun clause ⑤ Equity ! = Currency ⑥ Dilution / Valuation !%#&
  35. 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. 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. 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. 38. QUESTIONS? FIN.
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