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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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United States

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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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@woven_teams

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English

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Episodes

Achieving Gender Parity with Active Allyship with Denise Yu

6/2/2020
Denise is a Senior Engineer at GitHub, a prolific speaker, as well as an author and illustrator. In this episode, we dive deep into the role that gender plays in inclusion. What solutions can narrow the gap between men and women on engineering teams? Listen in as Wes and Denise break it down. Wes’ Takeaways: Gendered language matters We have a responsibility as allies to speak out Documentation and the Double Rooney Rule can help us narrow gendered gaps Don’t correct people publicly on...

Duration:00:45:22

Being Black in Tech with Kevin Stewart

5/26/2020
Kevin Stewart is an engineering leader who has worked across multiple company stages such as Fastly, Heptio, Nodesource, and Adobe. Today, he is the VP of Engineering at Harvest. In this episode, we talk about the invisible burden that code-switching puts on underrepresented groups. How can we build D&I initiatives that actually lead to more diverse hiring and greater inclusion on our teams? Listen is as Kevin and Wes discuss. Wes’ Takeaways: Our metrics may undermine our D&I...

Duration:00:57:08

Firing and Getting Fired with Zach Holman

5/19/2020
Zach Holman was employee number 9 at Github. He was one of their earliest engineers, and he saw the team expand to over 250 employees. Years later, he was fired from his role and has since gone on to start his own companies and advise other startups. In this episode, we talk about a really hard subject… firing and getting fired. We also cover why your onboarding process may be to blame if you have high turnover and the next steps you should take after someone is let go. Wes’...

Duration:00:30:33

Developing Leaders on a Team with Jill Wetzler

5/12/2020
How do you lead the leaders on your team? Today’s guest has been developing leaders for years, and she’s sharing her insights on this episode of Scaling Software Teams. Jill Wetzler is the Head of Engineering at Pilot. Before her current role, she scaled Lyft’s Infrastructure Engineering organization from a handful of people to over 100 infra engineers. She was also Lyft’s Director of Engineering Leadership Development. In this episode, we talk about the principles and tactics she’s used to...

Duration:00:48:33

One-on-Ones with Jason Evanish

5/5/2020
How do you know if your one-on-ones are effective? In this episode, we’re diving deep into one-on-ones with our guest, Jason Evanish. Jason Evanish is the founder and CEO of GetLighthouse, a company that’s focused on helping develop great leaders by enabling better one-on-ones. Jason is passionate about helping teams build strong relationships, and it starts with building trust through one-on-ones. What are the three elements of a successful one-on-one? Listen in as Jason breaks it...

Duration:00:40:14

Cultivating a Highly Performant Remote Engineering Team with Jeremy Wight

4/28/2020
These are challenging times, especially for engineering leaders. How do you “engineer” the trust in a distributed team that would occur normally in a localized workforce? Today’s guest is here to show you how. Jeremy Wight is the VP of Product and Engineering at Base. Base raised $2.6M in 2019 to build the first software platform that’s exclusively for Executive Assistants. Jeremy has been building a remote team for the past two years, and he’s collected some amazing insights about building...

Duration:00:26:49

Becoming A Resilient Manager with Lara Hogan

4/21/2020
A resilient manager is the foundation of every successful team. How do you become a more resilient manager? Today’s guest is here to show you how. Lara Hogan is the co-founder of Wherewithall, the former VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, and the former Engineering Director at Etsy. She’s also the author of two books: Resilient Management and Demystifying Public Speaking. In this episode, Lara does what she does best: management coaching. She provides Wes with some 1:1 coaching on his...

Duration:00:38:58

Wes Winham | Scaling Software: What to Expect in Season 2

4/14/2020
Scaling Software Teams is back for Season 2! Last season we heard stories of triumph and failure from startup and scale-up leaders around the world. For Season 2, we want to do something different – we want to give you an engineering leadership survival guide so you can thrive in the midst of challenging times. This season, we’ll equip you with resources from incredible engineering leaders at companies like Kickstarter, BASE, Pilot, and GitHub. Listen in as they share expert advice on...

Duration:00:05:40

Starting Up Your Second Office, With Brian Delahunty

12/19/2019
Brian Delahunty is the Head of Reliability at Stripe, and was the Site Lead who helped them open and hire for their Seattle office. Throughout this process, he talked to leaders at over a dozen companies who led an HQ2 effort, and learned what worked and what didn’t. Today, he’s sharing those lessons with us. In this episode, we talk about how he used recruiting as a partner to grow the Seattle office, why Stripe Seattle’s culture is different than Stripe San Francisco, and how managing...

Duration:00:52:20

Running Remote, with Liam Martin

12/3/2019
Liam Martin is the CoFounder of staff.com and timedoctor.com. Combined, they have 40+ employees in 9 different countries and specialize in remote long term employee management. Liam also runs the Running Remote conference, which is the world’s largest remote conference specifically designed for building remote teams. In this episode, we talk about how to transition from a co-located development team to a remote team, and what to look for in your first remote hire.

Duration:00:40:29

On Startups and Escape Rooms, with Gregory Koberger

11/19/2019
Gregory Koberger is the founder of ReadMe, a company that helps dev teams create and manage documentation and monitor APIs. He founded ReadMe after working at several startups in Silicon Valley, including Mozilla, and finding himself writing documentation for all of them. In this episode, we talk about how he uses Challenge Coins to build community, human connection to drive out toxicity, and builds a technical interview that doesn’t feel like a pop quiz.

Duration:00:39:36

Launching a Coding School Without Writing a Single Line of Code, with Ariel Camus

11/12/2019
Ariel Camus is the Founder and CEO at Microverse, a YC-backed distributed school for software engineers. They are available anywhere in the world, and they don’t charge students anything until they get hired. In this episode, we talk about why remote workers are so much better at documentation than co-located workers, the practices that help hiring managers hire remote junior developers, and how Ariel launched a coding school without writing a single line of code.

Duration:00:47:14

The Three Questions To Ask Every New Manager, Part Two With Doug Gaff

11/5/2019
This week, we bring you part two of our conversation with Doug Gaff. Doug is the VP of Engineering at Zapier, the software solution that helps your other software work together more effectively. As the leader of an organization with over 100 engineers, he has learned a lot about effective management and leadership. In this episode, we talk about Doug’s management style and what questions he asks everyone who says they want to get into management.

Duration:00:37:08

How Zapier Scales Past 100 Engineers, Part One With Doug Gaff

10/29/2019
Doug Gaff is the VP of Engineering at Zapier, the software solution that helps your other software work together more effectively. His team recently crossed the 100 engineer threshold and they’re currently going through some exciting transitions as an organization. Their current inflection point has them moving from a functional focus to a vertical product focus. We’re excited to share what Doug has learned through this transition. In this episode, we’re going to dive into Zapier’s...

Duration:00:31:32

Building a World-Class Onboarding Process For Your Software Engineering Team

10/22/2019
This is the final week of our community questions series, and we saved the best for last. We're not talking about hiring...we're talking about what comes next. How can we build a world-class onboarding process that keeps our new teammates engaged from day number one? In this episode, we chat with folks from large companies who have learned a lot about effective onboarding to find out what makes their process different.

Duration:00:17:57

What Do The Best Technical Assessments Have In Common?

10/15/2019
The most common questions we get are about technical assessments. It's an area of concern for a lot of engineering leaders. Some believe their technical assessment is costing them great-fit candidates. Others believe they're not getting good enough information from their technical screening process. In this episode, we dive deep into actionable insights that we can use to build effective, information-dense technical assessments. We talk to engineering leaders across the country who have...

Duration:00:21:42

How Can I Speed Up My Hiring Process Without Sacrificing End Results?

10/8/2019
There's a tension in hiring, especially with software developers. If I hire too slow, candidates withdraw. If I hire too fast, I may hire the wrong person. In this episode, we talk to engineering leaders who have threaded that needle to figure out what makes their process work. We'll discover the simple process changes that had the biggest impact on reducing their time-to-hire. We'll also learn about the importance of information density, and how we can build information-dense technical...

Duration:00:15:19

Hunting Hidden Gems - Tricks to Find Great-fit Developers That Other Hiring Managers Miss

10/1/2019
Some hiring managers are elite at finding diamonds in the rough. In this episode, we're going to learn why. This week, we talked to hiring managers across the country to learn what they do differently in their hiring process to find great-fit engineers that other leaders miss. We'll also find actionable steps you can take today to find more hidden gems in your hiring pool, so you can spend less time and money on headhunters and more time building great software.

Duration:00:34:27

Hiring Faster By Identifying Our Best-Performing Candidate Sources

9/24/2019
On this week's episode, we're talking about hiring. More specifically, how do we find the candidate sources that are bringing us the best candidates? If our methodology is flawed here, it could bias our entire hiring process, leading to worse outcomes and more homogeneous teams. In this episode, we're learning the best practices from hiring managers across the country so we can find better candidates and hire faster.

Duration:00:17:03

What Changes Our Engineering Team Should Expect After a Major Round of Funding

9/17/2019
This week, we're talking about the scary side of a really exciting day...the day our startup raises a major round of funding. Unfortunately, more money can mean more problems. The act of raising Venture Capital looks less like receiving a cardboard check from Publisher's Clearing House and more like hiring a new boss. In this episode, we talk to engineering leaders across the United States who have gone through a big fundraise and learn from their experience. We'll discuss what processes...

Duration:00:20:40