Know how developers think to recruit successfully

Honeybadger.io cofounder Benjamin Curtis gave a great talk (slides above) at MicroConf 2014[1] about how to sell products to developers. You can find my notes on the talk itself in the blog archives. The talk also provided a great window into how developers think, especially when it comes…

The only thing visitor metrics are good for

Annie Cushing of Annielytics fame had a nice post yesterday pointing out the inherent fallacy of visitor-based metrics in analytics platforms. Annie[1] was focusing on Google Analytics specifically, but almost all of her points apply to almost any other web analytics platform as well. If I can’t be…

Team philosophy and backing it up

Development team culture doesn't come from top-down, but rather from a collective agreement. That said, I've found it both handy and important to make that culture concrete by writing it down. What follows is not only my most-recent team's - it's mine. Our philosophy Care. Everything starts with this. We…

Open waters

I lost my job yesterday. Well, I didn’t “lose” it. It was taken away from me. Due to a number of factors[1], I lost focus while doing a high-profile bit of work for a client - said work wasn’t originally part of the…

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…