Broken pieces and the anti-vaxx movement

Yesterday, in advance of Nova’s program on vaccines (embedded above), I tweeted the following: Vaccines do not cause Autism. To be honest, there’s likely nothing that “causes” Autism. It’s just there. That’s it. #vaccinesNOVA— Chris Vannoy (@chris_vannoy) September 10, 2014 I received a…

Doing your research

The key to a lot of the techniques I'm recommending you follow in hiring is to know the developer you're going to hire before you ever approach each other. Knowing ahead of time what drives your potential hire - negative and positive - and what their inherent skills are ahead…

Conversational developer interview questions

I've already recommended not doing interviews at all, but rather conversations. But you're still going to need to ask questions. You still need some way to ensure you backstop all of your research. The other thing I wouldn't recommend at this point are your traditional interview questions that are supposed…

AB Testing for time on page with Optimizely

Sometimes, like say if you go with a longform landing page, a metric of success is going to be just how many folks stuck around long enough to read. After all, if you put your call-to-action in the footer, there's no sense optimizing it if 90% of your visitors aren't…

Where to find Ruby developers to hire, online and off

I'm taking a break from trying to create books and products and things. Those efforts weren't going all that well, but the content I produced for it I'm particularly proud of. The section below is a slightly modified chunk of what was to be "The Technical Recruiter's Guide to Ruby…

The Try-it-on Approach

When lunch is impractical (as with remote candidates), you have to find another way to backstop your research findings and figure out if this developer is any damn good. You can do a lot of this over the phone, mind you, but it’s never going to be the same…