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Hiring at Scale | Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter | BoS USA 2015

Hiring at Scale | Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter | BoS USA 2015

Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter

Patrick McKenzie (or patio11 as he is better known on the Internets) gave a great, practical and actionable, talk about how to get better at hiring engineers at Business of Software 2015.

“Every hiring process sucks, but think of hiring as a funnel.

  • Outreach — Creating the eco system (100 nerds)
  • Attract — Getting people to come to you (10 nerds)
  • Assess — Do they meet the requirements? (6 nerds)
  • Close — Give them an offer (Your new employee)

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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What is Your Software Saying Behind Your Back? | Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus | BoS USA 2015

What is Your Software Saying Behind Your Back? | Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus | BoS USA 2015

Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus

Even data warehousing software has a personality – even if you might not want to spend your leisure time with it. Whether you are aware of it or not, everything you ship will reflect the values and culture of your business. Organisations spend a lot of time reflecting on and thinking about their internal values but these are not necessarily embedded in the software you ship. All software has a personality – it can be passive-aggressive, boring, dominating, supportive, helpful, even fun.

What does your software say to your customers? Can you build software people love, even if it’s doing the kind of things people hate to do? Sarah draws on her experience delivering projects at every scale to show how you can build software that delights customers, no matter what it’s doing.

Video, Slides & Transcript below

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How to Design Organisational Culture | Alex Osterwalder | BoS USA 2015

How to Design Organisational Culture | Alex Osterwalder | BoS USA 2015

Why does culture matter and how can we design it?

“Your company’s culture is your operating system” – Dave Gray. In most companies, there is a gap between the actual culture and the desired culture.

Potential Culture Issues

  • Loudest people get promoted
  • Bonuses not correlated to current performance
  • Culture of fear
  • Managers don’t give feedback

What does a great company look like?

  • Makes a profit
  • Gets customers excited
  • Gets employees excited
  • Makes the world better

“The world is full of bankrupt companies with world-class cultures. Culture does not make a company” – Ben Horowitz

This applies to startups, but existing companies can suffer dramatically from bad culture.

Culture Map

  • Used to systematically design organizational cultures
  • Based in research on culture development and success
  • Uses experimentation and testing to design better organizational cultures

In this talk Alex Osterwalder describes the key steps in designing an effective organizational culture.

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Amusing ourselves. Delight is a bonus.

Amusing ourselves. Delight is a bonus.

We often add something silly in our content just for our own amusement – and strangely, we often get notes from people saying, ‘X made me smile’. We’re always pleased when it entertains others. We get that little rush of dopamine you get when you let someone out into slow moving traffic and they thank you with a wave or by indicating right-left-right.

Delight is good too!

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Business of Software Conference USA Pricing FAQs

Business of Software Conference USA Pricing FAQs

BoS Conference Pricing FAQs

Like most conferences, we work using a series of price points over the course of the year so that the closer to the event, the more it costs to attend. The logic behind this is fairly simple – the earlier someone commits to attend, the less they pay. This gives us visibility on attendee numbers and cash to operate earlier than if everyone just turned up on the day.

There are a few questions we get asked a lot about pricing…

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Testing Attendee Resolutions

Testing Attendee Resolutions

At BoS 2015, we asked all attendees to write down one thing that they resolved to do as a result of coming to the conference that would make a positive difference to their business and to suggest a date that we should check in.

How did they do?

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#ItWasNeverADress, Tech for Good, Making the Leap, Design Mistakes and Problem Solving. | BoS USA Conference 2015 Lightning Talks

#ItWasNeverADress, Tech for Good, Making the Leap, Design Mistakes and Problem Solving. | BoS USA Conference 2015 Lightning Talks

The Lightning Talk section of Business of Software Conference is always a highlight.

Great ideas delivered in 7 and a half minutes: energetic, fast paced, sometimes funny, but always useful. A lightning talk takes all that is good about Business of Software, and then makes like a ZIP folder and compresses it.

Business of Software Conference USA 2015’s Lightning Talks were no exception. A wide ranging section for what was 37 and a half minutes of talks. Included is talks on women in tech, entrepreneurialism, design mistakes, problem solving and tech for good. See the playlist below for all the talks from last years event.

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