Sometimes I feel that the software company (YIPL) we started a decade back is turning into a software engineer factory. We take in fresh grads or junior software engineers, train them, mentor them. When they get the skills after 6-9 months and are ready to be productive to the company they move to a bigger better software company. This is a common story in Kathmandu Tech Scene. I am not blaming people moving jobs in tech but I think, there is a fundamental flaw in the process and system itself. In this blog post I will unveil a tech hiring funnel we follow for a few tech startups in Kathmandu. It will also contain some of my thoughts on how to retain tech talent by converting the funnel into an hour glass.
Your work responsibilities boil down to 2 things, either add value to customers or save cost for the business. Value to the business is always more important than the latest technical fad. If a feature is done (production ready) but not deployed to production it is an opportunity loss for the business.
Every company is a technology company. A technology company without great software and technical team is insignificant. In this post I will unfold my understanding of what makes a tech team competent in 4 levels with 6 main criteria and 25 sub criteria.
Docker as been immensely popular in the past years. If you are not using docker at least in your dev environment in 2017.
You are surely missing out on some great advantages. Your new software engineer should start writing production-ready code
in a matter of hours not days. All thanks to docker. Along the same lines, this post will cover how you can set up
docker for your dev environment with least friction and maximum productivity. It is an opinionated post. We migrated to this
approach so that we could run multiple projects/microservices that use the same db/services shared among them.
Being a senior software developer is more about the mindset and pro-activeness. Technical skills can take you to a point then you will be stagnant. To grow you need to learn in tech field. Above was the context for my talk titled “Things I wished I knew as a junior developer”.