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Scaling Software Teams is a weekly podcast to help software leaders navigate fast growth without losing the magic that made that growth possible. Every week, we bring you stories of trials, tribulations, and keys to success from high-growth engineering leaders all around the world. We will learn together about how to scale a world-class engineering organization through hard-won stories about hiring developers, structuring teams, scaling collaboration, and managing managers.

Scaling Software Teams is a weekly podcast to help software leaders navigate fast growth without losing the magic that made that growth possible. Every week, we bring you stories of trials, tribulations, and keys to success from high-growth engineering leaders all around the world. We will learn together about how to scale a world-class engineering organization through hard-won stories about hiring developers, structuring teams, scaling collaboration, and managing managers.
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Scaling Software Teams is a weekly podcast to help software leaders navigate fast growth without losing the magic that made that growth possible. Every week, we bring you stories of trials, tribulations, and keys to success from high-growth engineering leaders all around the world. We will learn together about how to scale a world-class engineering organization through hard-won stories about hiring developers, structuring teams, scaling collaboration, and managing managers.

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Episodes

Communicating Feedback to Your Team, With Miles Sterrett

4/15/2019
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Miles Sterrett is a Partner at Fretless, a custom software development shop that helps software companies level-up their software chops. Miles’ team specializes in coming into high-growth teams and acting as an interim software leader. He has worked with startup and scale-ups to help them overcome technical debt and build the engineering team that can help them hit their future product goals. In this episode, we talk about ways he reduces stress, reasons to hire out of a coding bootcamp, and...

Duration:00:40:07

Getting the Technical Hiring Process Right

4/8/2019
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This week, we're doing something different. Instead of talking to one engineering leader about a broad range of topics, we talked with a collection of engineering leaders about one topic: How do you screen for technical talent? In this episode, we talk to: Jon Lavender, CTO at Dragos Adam Perelman, CTO at Affinity Ryan Carroll, VP of Engineering at Zylo Ryan Rusnak, CTO at Airspace Technologies Jeff Stickel, CTO at Kerauno For a full transcript of this episode, woventeams.com/15.

Duration:00:17:08

Announcement: Woven Acquires Headlight

4/1/2019
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Today’s a really exciting day for us. Our startup just acquired a New York City-based tech hiring platform called Headlight. We're sitting down with Wayne Gerard to talk about this transition. We wanted to know what they’ve learned while uncovering some of the best software engineers in New York City. Over the past two years, they’ve uncovered hidden gems and made the hiring process better for both developers and hiring managers. What’s more, they did it in one of the nation’s most...

Duration:00:16:06

Using Rubrics For More Objective Hiring, With Christine Spang

3/25/2019
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Christine Spang is the Co-Founder and CTO of Nylas. Nylas’ API powers communications in software applications, taking data from 4.5 billion inboxes worldwide and connecting it directly to productivity, sales and marketing apps. Nylas has raised $30M in funding and has 20 engineers across 4 teams. In this episode, we talk about her entrepreneurial journey, building a support network as a founder, and building a diverse team with less bias. For notes and a full transcription of the episode,...

Duration:00:35:57

Empowering Our Teams With The Right Tools, With Amjad Masad

3/18/2019
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Amjad Masad is the founder and CEO of Repl.it. Repl.it is a Y Combinator-backed online development environment that helps developers learn, build, collaborate, and host all in one place. They’re on a mission to make programming more accessible. In this episode, Amjad shared why he believes that discovery great people is the key to great teams. He contrasts that with talent identification, which is about credentials and resumes. For more information, notes, and takeaways, visit...

Duration:00:36:58

Explaining the “Why” Behind Your Features, with Mitch Stewart

3/11/2019
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Mitch Stewart is the co-founder of Guru, a software company based out of Pennsylvania that is working with companies like Shopify, Square, and Spotify to unify their team’s collective knowledge and empower them with information when they need it most. In this episode, we talk about some of the management practices that have made Mitch successful at Guru. We dive into his transition from developer to manager, and the lessons he learned about building and motivating teams along the way. For...

Duration:00:28:06

Increasing Your Offer Acceptance Rate With Sandwiches, With Austin Broyles

3/4/2019
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Austin Broyles is the Director of Engineering at Primer, a Bay Area company using AI to parse and collate a large number of documents across several languages. In this episode, we talk about Austin’s experience transitioning into a management role at Google and how he is splitting leadership between machine learning and pure software engineering teams in his current role. We also dive into the story of how he increased his offer acceptance rate by being smarter about sandwiches. For more...

Duration:00:30:56

Trying to Replace Yourself, With Eric Tobias

2/25/2019
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Eric Tobias is a Partner at High Alpha, a Venture studio that conceives, launches, and scales next-generation enterprise cloud companies. In this episode, we chat about how he parlayed an early love of basketball and bootlegged music into a passion for the internet, how he grew his first team at batteries.com during the dot-com era, and the lessons he learned starting and scaling iGoDigital, which he sold to ExactTarget, which he helped sell to Salesforce. For more information, notes, and...

Duration:00:40:37

Being a Tortoise in a Hare's World, With Ade Olonoh

2/18/2019
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Ade Olonoh is the founder of two companies with similar names and very different stories. Formstack is an online form builder that has witnessed slow, steady growth since its founding in 2006. In their first month, they had $75 in Monthly Recurring Revenue and today, they’re clocking in at seven figures. Formspring was an anonymous social Q&A app that grew from zero users to over a million users in 45 days, making it at the time, the fastest growing social network in history Those two...

Duration:00:38:27

Treating Your Engineering Team Like Adults, Part 2 with Jacob Kaplan-Moss

2/11/2019
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Jacob Kaplan-Moss talks to us about managerial practices he believes in, as well as practices he’s sick of, in this week's part two of his interview. One central thesis: Our teams perform better when we treat them like adults. For those who missed part one, Jacob Kaplan-Moss is a veteran software leader and the co-creator of Django, the python web framework that powers Pinterest, Eventbrite, and Instagram. I built my last startup on Django, so speaking with him was a huge pleasure. Special...

Duration:00:25:52

Managing Change In The Face Of Rapid Growth, Part 1 with Jacob Kaplan-Moss

2/4/2019
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Jacob Kaplan-Moss is a veteran software leader and the co-creator of Django, the python web framework that powers Pinterest, Eventbrite, and Instagram. In addition to authoring the book, The Definitive Guide to Django, Jacob has also led teams at 18F and Heroku. Today, Jacob is considered one of the foremost experts on hiring for software teams that are in that “adolescent” phase between start-up and scale-up. Today’s episode is the first of a two-part interview that we did with Jacob. In...

Duration:00:34:15

Learning The Hard Work Of Hiring, with Randy Syring

1/29/2019
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Randy Syring is the Chief Executive Developer at Level 12, a custom software development organization in the Louisville area. Randy’s story is a fun one. Growing up, he didn’t have any aspirations to get into software development at all, and today he runs his own software development shop. Originally, Randy wanted to fly Apache helicopters in the Army. Eventually, he set his sights on becoming a pastor. Ultimately, neither of those career paths panned out, and he stumbled into software...

Duration:00:32:41

Software Hiring Trial By Fire, With Steve Caldwell

1/28/2019
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Steve Caldwell is the VP of Data, Infrastructure, and Security at Springbuk where he leads a fast-growing team that has been hiring like crazy over the past year. Steve has become a widely-respected software leader who is able to grow and manage highly effective development teams. What often gets left out of that conversation, however, is the frequency with which those lessons are learned through trial and error. In our conversation, Steve opens up about the lessons he’s learned about...

Duration:00:47:36

Managing Mental Health, With Micah Weaver

1/28/2019
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Micah Weaver is the CTO of Bloomerang, a donor management software company for nonprofits. In our conversation, Micah opens up about suffering a panic attack early in his role as CTO and the impact that experience had on his life, and I’m eager to share this powerful conversation with you. Early in his career, Micah never thought he would be the type of person to suffer a panic attack. He had always considered himself a low-stress individual, great at rolling with the punches. Then, one day,...

Duration:00:37:18

Avoiding Mis-Hires Through Evidence, With Raman Ohri

1/28/2019
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Raman Ohri is the President of SEP. He builds software teams that helps his clients build exceptional software and systems. SEP is different from many software development shops because their clients work directly with the software engineers themselves. This adds tons of value for the client, but it also makes every new hire more risky. Every software engineer he brings on will be responsible for representing the SEP name to a client, so Raman needs to avoid making the wrong hire at all...

Duration:00:34:14

Embracing Your Inner “Latent Leader,” With Roger Deetz

1/28/2019
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Roger Deetz is the VP of Engineering at Springbuk, a fast-growing scale-up in our hometown of Indianapolis. Before that, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Angie’s Home Services where he led their software engineering modernization project. I got a lot out of this conversation with Roger and especially enjoyed the discussion of the juxtaposition of development work and management work. The transition from what helps us feel productive as a software engineer compared to an...

Duration:00:31:30

Wes Winham | Scaling Software: What's this all about?

1/14/2019
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My name is Wes Winham, and I want to help you scale your engineering team. Listen to this episode to understand why I'm passionate about helping your team scale, and what I hope you get out of our podcast. This show is brought to you by Woven (https://www.woventeams.com/). At Woven, we help software teams hit ambitious hiring goals. We do that by improving the fuzziest step in the hiring process: candidate screening. By giving every candidate a fair chance to show what they can do, our...

Duration:00:01:59