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Scaling Up

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thoughts on recruiting and growing a development organization with a focus on diversity, employer branding, and company culture. The lessons I learned growing the technology organization at Avvo, and how I'm applying these ideas at AstrumU. From the Honeypot.io Hive conference in Berlin, Germany. October, 2018

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Scaling Up

  1. 1. SCALING UP KEVIN GOLDSMITH
  2. 2. @KevinGoldsmith THE PROBLEM
  3. 3. @KevinGoldsmith CAN’T HIRE
  4. 4. @KevinGoldsmith POOR DIVERSITY
  5. 5. @KevinGoldsmith POOR DIVERSITY ▸ No female managers in Tech ▸ 14% Women in Tech ▸ 1% underrepresented racial groups ▸ Almost all “senior” devs
  6. 6. @KevinGoldsmith THE APPROACH
  7. 7. @KevinGoldsmith RECRUITING IS YOUR BEST ALLY
  8. 8. @KevinGoldsmith LAQUITA HESTER HUNTER DAVIS PARTNERS IN CRIME
  9. 9. @KevinGoldsmith FIX THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
  10. 10. @KevinGoldsmith RECRUITER SCREEN SOURCING HIRING MANAGER SCREEN CODING CHALLENGE CODE CHALLENGE REVIEW REVIEW CHALLENGE WITH CANDIDATE IN PERSON LOOP LOOP REVIEW OFFER APPROVAL HIRE MEETING HIRE
  11. 11. @KevinGoldsmith RECRUITER SCREEN SOURCING HIRING MANAGER SCREEN IN PERSON LOOP LOOP REVIEW HIRE
  12. 12. @KevinGoldsmith RECRUITER SCREEN SOURCING HIRING MANAGER SCREEN IN PERSON LOOP HIRE
  13. 13. @KevinGoldsmith MAKE HIRING A PRIORITY
  14. 14. @KevinGoldsmith ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY
  15. 15. @KevinGoldsmith ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY ▸ Engaged with training programs for underrepresented groups ▸ Ada Acadmeny ▸ Apprenti ▸ Code Fellows ▸ App Camp for Girls
  16. 16. @KevinGoldsmith ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY ▸ Engaged with affinity groups for underrepresented people ▸ HERE Seattle ▸ Women who Code ▸ PyLadies ▸ Latinos in Tech ▸ Grace Hopper Conference
  17. 17. @KevinGoldsmith ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY ▸ Hosted developer meet-ups ▸ Javascript ▸ Ruby ▸ Elixir ▸ Python ▸ Data Science ▸ Kafka ▸ Swift ▸ Agile
  18. 18. @KevinGoldsmith EVOLVE THE COMPANY CULTURE
  19. 19. @KevinGoldsmith EVOLVE THE COMPANY CULTURE ▸ Embraced mentoring not just for junior developers, but for everyone ▸ Evolved a unique organizational model built around customer and autonomous teams ▸ Leadership amplifies company values always
  20. 20. @KevinGoldsmith HIRE TO THE CULTURE YOU WANT, NOT THE ONE YOU HAVE
  21. 21. @KevinGoldsmith AMPLIFY THE MISSION
  22. 22. @KevinGoldsmith ADD SOME INTERESTING AND UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY
  23. 23. @KevinGoldsmith EMPLOYER BRANDING
  24. 24. @KevinGoldsmith THE RESULT
  25. 25. @KevinGoldsmith THE GOOD
  26. 26. @KevinGoldsmith THE BAD
  27. 27. @KevinGoldsmith DOING THIS FROM THE START
  28. 28. @KevinGoldsmith STARTING FROM SCRATCH IS A GIFT
  29. 29. @KevinGoldsmith START THINKING ABOUT SCALING EARLY
  30. 30. @KevinGoldsmith BE DIFFERENT, BUT BE GENUINE
  31. 31. @KevinGoldsmith ACCENTUATE AND PUBLICIZE YOUR UNIQUENESS
  32. 32. @KevinGoldsmith DANKE

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