Code as Craft: Building a Strong Engineering Culture at Etsy

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Talk at Web 2.0 Expo NYC, October 2011:
http://www.web2expo.com/webexny2011/public/schedule/detail/21279

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Code as Craft: Building a Strong Engineering Culture at Etsy

  1. Code as Craft:Building a Strong Engineering Culture Chad Dickerson CEO, Etsy chad@etsy.com / @chaddickerson
  2. Culture strategy at most companies:
  3. We’re growing but we to us Culture is important still act hereaatstartup! like ACME!
  4. “culture isn’t just one aspect of the game — . . . it is the game.”
  5. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” -- Peter Drucker
  6. “the major problems of our work are not somuch technological as sociological in nature”
  7. A strong culture can overcome almost any set of poor technical decisions.
  8. A weak culture can’t be savedby using the best technology.
  9. Culture is also what brings people to your company
  10. It beats everything else
  11. Have a clear vision for the culture you want
  12. make culture a visible priority
  13. (it’s a lot of work)
  14. accept that culture is anongoing, organic activity
  15. Cultivating the Etsy culture** **buy me: http://etsy.me/tilltheland ($18)
  16. buy me:http://etsy.me/beniceorleave($10)
  17. Make getting things done your cultural norm
  18. On the basis of more than a decade of research. . . . the authorsclarify the matter once and for all: What motivates people on a day- to-day basis is the sense that they are making progress.
  19. Invest in tools toreinforce your culture
  20. http://etsy.me/deployinate
  21. http://etsy.me/justship
  22. Make a statement
  23. engineers arecreative people
  24. “At Etsy, our mission is to enable people to makea living making things. The engineers who makeEtsy make our living making something we love:software. We think of our code as craft.”
  25. Actively open source the culture
  26. http://codeascraft.etsy.com/
  27. Take it on the road
  28. SXSW miniconference
  29. Bring your heroes into the fold
  30. Douglas Crockford
  31. Fred Brooks
  32. http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/02/continuous-deployment.html Fred Wilson
  33. (open source your software, too) github.com/etsy/deployinator github.com/etsy/statsd github.com/etsy/logster (and more!)
  34. Spread the love
  35. Be a little silly
  36. http://vimeo.com/13214706 (12,000 views to date)
  37. A strong culture is a fun culture
  38. Building strong cultures and open sourcing them. . . .
  39. . . .makes the world a better place
  40. Thank you! Questions? My email: chad@etsy.com

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