Doctor, Lawyer, Poker Player, Physicist: The Best Engineers We're Not Competing To Hire Yet [Lone Star PHP 2014]

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Published on October 23, 2014

Author: cczona

Source: slideshare.net

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"The team needs more engineers and we need them today."_

We talk about the engineer shortage. But the problem is not what we think it is. We'll explore how hiring for only CS degrees misses exceptional opportunities. Unconventional backgrounds breed great developers.

Homogeneity boxes us in. Diverse teams are more productive, more profitable, and more excited about what they're accomplishing. Diversity isn't just demographics. It's about benefitting from distinctly varied perspectives. Who better than the former philosopher, marine biologist, stage hand, or anthropologist? In this talk, we'll walk through why it's worth competing for them.

Forget the rock star; hire the opera singer.

1. Doctor, Lawyer, Poker Player, Physicist. The Best Engineers We’re Not Competing To Hire Yet.

2. Hello! @cczona

3. Doctor Lawyer Poker Player Physicist

4. Doctor Lawyer Poker Player Physicist

5. WANTED:

6. WANTED: CS degree –everybody, ever

7. “…or equivalent” • What does that mean?! • Do we all agree?! • Who is filtered out?! • Does it get what we need?

8. The Best Engineers We’re Not Competing To Hire Yet.

9. Jim Weirich Ruby Community’s CS Teacher-in-Chief • Rake! • RubyGems

10. Jacob Thornton Bootstrap English literature

11. ! ! “A computer is just a regular tool. ! It allows you to communicate and do creative things…”

12. Fabien Potencier Symfony Entrepreurship

13. Jacob Kaplan-Moss Django Literature! ! Journalist

14. “Ability to write/communicate effectively is responsible for my career. It’s a myth that ability to write tons of code is all that matters. Real teams need other skills too.”

15. Ryan Dahl Node.js Math

16. Ryan has unique ability that I rarely see in a Software Engineer. That is, to see things differently. I've seen Ryan question all kinds of things, how a database is written, or a parser, or a web server. He always seem to come up with a different way to look at a problem. -Brock Whitten, Harp & PhoneGap

17. Ryan has unique ability that I rarely see in a Software Engineer. That is, to see things differently. I've seen Ryan question all kinds of things, how a database is written, or a parser, or a web server. He always seem to come up with a different way to look at a problem. -Brock Whitten, Harp & PhoneGap

18. “WANTED: rock star”

19. “WANTED:! rock star”

20. “WANTED:! rock star”

21. “Type a quote here.”

22. Amitai Schlair Degree in Music Team Lead & Developer ! 15 years

23. we hack code. and we hack people.

24. Kerri Miller Stagehand, Lighting Designer, Set Construction, 12 years Senior Software Developer ! 18 years

25. Eric Rasmussen Call Center Ops, 6 years Degree in Psychology Web and Backend Systems Developer

26. coding is analytical.

27. Stephan Oceanographer, 4 years Graduate degree in Physics Test manager! 12 years

28. Joshua Ballanco Biochemist, 12 years PhD in Computational Biochemistry Software Developer! 7.5 years

29. Dan Degree in Molecular Biology & Degree in Computational Biochemistry Senior Backend Developer! 2 years

30. coding is a work ethic.

31. Nicholas Marrone Police Officer, 8 years Degree in Japanese Ruby engineer! 1/2 year

32. coding is collaborative.

33. Allie Jones Fine Arts / Weaving Developer! 5 years

34. Blithe Rocher PhD in Physical Chemistry 11 years Rails intern! 1 Year

35. coding is archaeological.

36. Diversity Types Visible! •gender! •race! •age! ! Invisible ! • class! • education! • life experiences

37. disrupt groupthink.

38. disrupt groupthink.

39. diversity, because

40. Danielle Sucher Lawyer, 7 years Software Engineer

41. “culture fit” is fear of discomfort. ! we need the discomfort.

42. concepts into practice. –Joshua Ballanco

43. because money. sales! profit

44. because, innovative. creative! challenge thinking! synthesize

45. because, rock stars noooooo. disagreement can be visible! different approaches are evaluated

46. because, productive. paradox: ! effectiveness and belief of effectiveness

47. which skill set is important. –Joshua Ballanco

48. Leon Gersing Actor/Writer/Director, 10 years Degree in Musical Theater Software Developer! 13 years

49. crave disruption. Hire for radically, crazy, implausibly, different.

50. thank you.

51. share unconventional you: http://bit.ly/1k1d6VZ

52. Photo Credits • Whiteboard http://www.flickr.com/photos/uclmaps/10690275616! • Polizei http://www.flickr.com/photos/flik/2517171174! • Fishing Boat http://www.flickr.com/photos/90369723@N00/8730902405! • Weaving http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebees/7645824666! • Spectography http://www.flickr.com/photos/adelphilabcenter/5999031935! • Theater flats http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjeik/4383928695! • Volatile light workshop http://www.flickr.com/photos/110841637@N08/12831365224! • Jacob Kaplan-Moss http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4029/4648185053_aa85c6d33b_o.jpg • Light Board http://www.flickr.com/photos/72955843@N00/3434919480! • LinkedIn http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:LinkedIn_logo_initials.png ! • Piano Keys http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgoomany/4976245067! • Computational Biology chains http://www.flickr.com/photos/libertasacademica/7290793400! • Rotary Phone https://www.flickr.com/photos/traftery/5467650475! • Rubber Ducks http://www.paulandpartners.net/images/rubber_ducks.jpg! • Diverse Stained Glass Faces http://www.mcgeorgecdo.com/2011/10/celebrate-pacific-mcgeorge-diversity. html! • Justin Bieber http://gossipdavid.com/2012/06/15/justin-bieber-today-show-concert/

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