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