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Tuesday, March 17 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
We Hired a Dev! How Do I Get More and Keep Them?

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With software “eating the world,” everyone is trying to hire Software Engineers, but much less time is being spent on how you build a truly great software team. Describing best practices established from teams at National Instruments (a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For 15 years running) Bazaarvoice (a leading Enterprise SaaS company) and now WP Engine (a fast growing startup, with a Best Company to Work for in Austin culture) We’ll start with an approach to recruiting that guarantees you’ll hire top talent, and see a lot of great candidates coming through the pipeline. Next we’ll focus on the internals of team structure, how to create great teams making great products. The focus here is not on a particular software development life cycle, but on driving engagement and excitement throughout the team, with specific tips on recruiting and retaining great Software Engineers and DevOps Engineers (an especially tough nut to crack.)

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RC Johnson

Dir of Engineering, WP Engine
Software developer for 7 years, turned management. National Instruments, Bazaarvoice, and now Director of Engineering at WP Engine. Built the Bazaarvoice NYC office from zero to 60+, including two engineering teams. Grew the WP Engine R&D team from 15 to 50+.

Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

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