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Creating a Strong Geek
Culture
Diane Tate, Mozilla
Forward 3 Web Technology Summit
The developers’ employment is a constan...
Creating
Strong
Geek
Culture Creating
Strong
Geek
Culture
Parsing
Geek
(Strong)Culture
● Purpose (Mission)
● Values
● Protocols
● (Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery)
Creating
● Start early: hire for shared values
● Reward the right behaviors
○ Avoid the Wake
○ Consequences
● Be transpare...
Bonus Slide: Indicators
● Meetings: effective & short or…
● Technical debt
○ “An energy vampire for engineers.” - Laura
Th...
Reminder for the Journey
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate
result. He does not expect that his advanced ide...
What to do
● http://www.daedtech.com/how-to-keep-your-best-
programmers
● https://speakerdeck.com/lauraxt/engineering-
hap...
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Creating a Strong Geek Culture - ForwardJS 3 July 2015

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Creating a Strong Geek Culture - ForwardJS 3 July 2015

  1. 1. Creating a Strong Geek Culture Diane Tate, Mozilla Forward 3 Web Technology Summit The developers’ employment is a constant journey that’s going somewhere, rather than a Sisyphean situation where they’re running out the clock until retirement. -- Erik Dietrich
  2. 2. Creating Strong Geek Culture Creating Strong Geek Culture Parsing
  3. 3. Geek
  4. 4. (Strong)Culture ● Purpose (Mission) ● Values ● Protocols ● (Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery)
  5. 5. Creating ● Start early: hire for shared values ● Reward the right behaviors ○ Avoid the Wake ○ Consequences ● Be transparent about processes & choices ● Remove obstacles from GSD ● Distribute the relationships
  6. 6. Bonus Slide: Indicators ● Meetings: effective & short or… ● Technical debt ○ “An energy vampire for engineers.” - Laura Thomson ● Hours worked ● Do not go by: ○ Churn/retention
  7. 7. Reminder for the Journey “The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.” – Nikola Tesla
  8. 8. What to do ● http://www.daedtech.com/how-to-keep-your-best- programmers ● https://speakerdeck.com/lauraxt/engineering- happiness ● https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc ● https://www.workrules.net/ What to avoid ● http://jasonevanish.com/2014/06/11/10-common- ways-to-lose-good-employees/ http://diane.bz * diane@mozilla.com * @tbiz Resources

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