Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Your Team from Startup to Success

Building Great Software Engineering Teams provides engineering leaders, startup founders, and CTOs concrete, industry-proven guidance and techniques for recruiting, hiring, and managing software engineers in a fast-paced, competitive environment.

With so much at stake, the challenge of scaling up a team can be intimidating. Engineering leaders in growing companies of all sizes need to know how to find great candidates, create effective interviewing and hiring processes, bring out the best in people and their work, provide meaningful career development, learn to spot warning signs in their team, and manage their people for long-term success.

Author Josh Tyler has spent nearly a decade building teams in high-growth startups, experimenting with every aspect of the task to see what works best. He draws on this experience to outline specific, detailed solutions augmented by instructive stories from his own experience.

In this book you’ll learn how to build your team, starting with your first hire and continuing through the stages of development as you manage your team for growth and success. Organized to cover each step of the process in the order you’ll likely face them, and highlighted by stories of success and failure, it provides an easy-to-understand recipe for creating your high-powered engineering team.

Josh Tyler

Josh Tyler is VP of Engineering and Design at Course Hero, an education technology company. He was previously Director of Software Engineering at Suitable Technologies and worked in the field of human-computer interaction as a UX architect, software developer, and researcher at Willow Garage, Zvents, Hewlett Packard, and Xerox PARC. Tyler holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University

  1. An Enlightened Approach to Recruiting
  2. Six Destructive Myths About Technical Recruiting
  3. Nine Steps to Recruiting Success
  4. Hiring Is Hard
  5. The Myth of the Ninja Rockstar Developer
  6. The Hiring Decision Checklist
  7. Making Interviews Fun for Your Team
  8. Why We Don’t Allow Java in Job Interviews
  9. Do I Want to Be a Manager?
  10. A Manager’s Most Important Deliverable
  11. Technical vs. Management Tracks: Helping Your People Grow
  12. Tricks of the Trade for Engineering Managers
  13. Career Advice for Software