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Building Great Software Engineering Teams provides engineering leaders, startup founders, and CTOs concrete, industry-proven guidance and techniques for recruiting, hiring, and managing software engineers in a fast-paced, competitive environment.With so much at stake, the challenge of scaling up a team can be intimidating. Engineering leaders in growing companies of all sizes need to know how to find great candidates, create effective interviewing and hiring processes, bring out the best in people and their work, provide meaningful career development, learn to spot warning signs in their team, and manage their people for long-term success.Author Josh Tyler has spent nearly a decade building teams in high-growth startups, experimenting with every aspect of the task to see what works best. He draws on this experience to outline specific, detailed solutions augmented by instructive stories from his own experience. In this book you’ll learn how to build your team, starting with your first hire and continuing through the stages of development as you manage your team for growth and success. Organized to cover each step of the process in the order you’ll likely face them, and highlighted by stories of success and failure, it provides an easy-to-understand recipe for creating your high-powered engineering team.What youll learnEffective techniques for finding engineering candidates for your company, including how to make your company more attractive to prospective employees and tips for navigating the employment visa processHow to leverage commonly overlooked resources for finding employees, such as hiring from other geographic regions and how to approach college recruitingHow to successfully hire the best candidates, from first contact through making an offer and getting it acceptedHow to manage engineers for optimum morale and performance, foster confidence throughout your organization, and promote career development for your team membersWhat to expect as you build an engineering team: common challenges, growing pains, and solutionsHow to use team-building skills to propel your career as individual contributorWho this book is forThe primary audience is engineering leaders, startup founders, CTOs, and others tasked with building an engineering team to fulfill their company’s mission. The secondary audience is any engineering manager or senior engineer interested in learning more about how to hire or manage engineers effectively.Table of ContentsThe Challenge of Building an Engineering Team from the Ground UpAn Enlightened Approach to RecruitingSix Destructive Myths about Recruiting Software EngineersEight Steps to Recruiting SuccessHiring Is HardThe Myth of the Ninja Rockstar DeveloperThe Hiring Decision ChecklistMaking Interviews Fun for Your TeamWhy We Don’t Allow Java in Job InterviewsDo I Want to be a Manager?A Manager’s Most Important DeliverableTechnical vs Management Tracks: Helping Your People GrowTricks of the Trade for Engineering ManagersAdvice to Give Engineers on Finding a Great Job and Growing in Their Careers
More About the Author
Josh Tyler (born 17 December 1990) is a Welsh rugby union player. A Lock forward, he played for UWIC RFC before making his debut for the Welsh regional team Newport Gwent Dragons on 27 January 2012 versus the Ospreys He was released by Newport Gwent Dragons at the end of the 2012-13 season.
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