How To Use CoderPad To Interview Software Architects
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by Ken Swearengen
3w ago
Software architects are the masterminds behind the design and structure of software systems, ensuring that projects are scalable, maintainable, and aligned with business goals. Unlike more hands-on engineering and development roles, assessing architect skills in an interview relies much less on watching them code and more on their ability to drive software design principles and influence the organization-wide direction of software architecture.  While they’re generally pulled from the ranks of experienced senior developers, the ideal candidate must possess a blend of technical expertise ..read more
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Upskilling Senior Software Engineers into Team Managers
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by Ken Swearengen
1M ago
Sometimes, the best tech managers are right under your nose. When looking for leaders for a new team, or to replace one who’s leaving, it can be tempting to rush to your talent acquisition department with a list of needs and have them start building a pool of potential applicants. But often, you need someone who is already familiar with how your team works and the details of getting things done at your company. Giving your current employees the opportunity to lead can result in significant benefits for you – reduced expenses of onboarding a new employee and improved existing employee loyalty ..read more
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Improve Performance, Retention, and Morale with Upskilling
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by Ken Swearengen
4M ago
“Upskilling, what the hell is that?!” Anonymous If you’re like our unidentified friend in the quote above, here’s the TL;DR (Too Long, Didn’t Read if you don’t know what that is too) from the world’s most famous AI chatbot: Upskilling refers to the process of learning new skills or enhancing existing ones. It’s a way for individuals to improve their employability and stay relevant in the ever-changing job market.  Upskilling can involve formal education, training programs, online courses, workshops, or even self-directed learning. Why is that important for you? For businesses, upskilling ..read more
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These 9 red flags are scaring away candidates during interviews
CoderPad Blog » Engineering Management
by Ken Swearengen
4M ago
There’s no shortage of advice for candidates on what they should avoid in an interview—don’t wear street clothes, don’t be rude, don’t don’t. You know the red flags that warn you when a candidate might not fit your team. But what about you, the interviewer? As the gatekeeper who ensures that only the most qualified candidates make it onto your team, how you act in an interview is very important. 53% of job seekers have had at least one negative experience in the hiring process in the past 12 months. And 52% of job seekers had declined a job offer due to poor experience. CareerPlug.com Just as ..read more
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Bridge Skill Gaps and Hire The Devs Your Team Needs with an Engineering Competency Matrix
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by Ken Swearengen
6M ago
Addressing skill gaps is crucial for team productivity and project success.  In CoderPad’s 2024 State of Tech Hiring Survey, a key issue highlighted by almost 27% of the developers was their team’s lack of technical knowledge for implementing projects.  This challenge often stems from non-existent or outdated skills tracking systems. Understanding and mapping your employees’ technical skills is essential not just for forming efficient teams but also for enhancing overall productivity by complementing skill sets. So, how can you effectively identify and leverage the diverse skills wit ..read more
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5 Fresh Takes On How To Run A Successful Hackathon
CoderPad Blog » Engineering Management
by Ken Swearengen
8M ago
Hackathons, once primarily associated with the tech industry, have become widely embraced across various sectors.  These intensive, time-bound events offer an unparalleled opportunity for employees to collaborate, brainstorm, and develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges. And employees like them – when they’re done right.  I once participated in a hackathon that touted free food, free energy drinks, a chance to win an iPad, an Amazon Echo Dot consolation prize, and the “fun” of staying up for 24 hours to finish your project. Who wouldn’t participate in that hackathon?! Of ..read more
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Yet Another Guide to Managing Remote Dev Teams: Happiness & Productivity Edition
CoderPad Blog » Engineering Management
by Ken Swearengen
1y ago
1 out of 2 developers say they want to switch jobs. That means that even in this environment of mass tech layoffs, half of your team would leave if given the right opportunity. Given that only 15% of surveyed developers work entirely on-site now, there’s a good chance this includes your remote team members.  Granted, most developers say they’d leave for a higher salary – something that is very often out of your control to grant. However, you can make it easier for employees to want to stay by simply being a good manager and helping them thrive in the workplace. Many employees have stayed ..read more
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No longer hiring developers? How to stay top of mind for candidates
CoderPad Blog » Engineering Management
by Ken Swearengen
1y ago
Sometimes you stop hiring because you’ve just finished filling out your team. Other times it’s because the C-suite has made tough decisions to cut the hiring budget, which means you can’t hire the people you want (or need). Whatever the reason, it doesn’t mean that you should stop promoting your company as an attractive place to work. Budgets won’t be cut forever, and teams aren’t immune to turnover. Eventually, you’ll either need to grow your team or replace members who have left. But unless you’re taking steps to nurture relationships with prospective candidates even while you’re not hiring ..read more
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3 Interview Tips for Software Engineer Hiring Managers
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by Ken Swearengen
1y ago
Interviewing is hard. If it were up to most of us, we’d wave a magic wand that makes the perfect candidate appear in front of us, ready to code. But the realities of searching for a perfect candidate – let alone one that is even good enough – are much more complex. Those complexities multiply for new hiring managers who are thrown into their first interviews with nothing more than a pile of resumes to go by. Do you really want to know the secret to having a great interview process? Make the interview a great experience for the candidate. When it’s easy for the candidate, it becomes easy for yo ..read more
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The Environmental Impact of Digital Technology and How Software Eco-Design Can Help
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by Thomas Laure
1y ago
We often have the impression that digital technology does not pollute.  This is usually because software pollution is mainly invisible to the general public thanks to dematerialization (the use of the cloud or online word processing services, for example), which is ultimately only the decentralized materialization of digital services. However, when we use these digital services, we utilize the 3-tier hardware architecture composed of: Devices or terminals: computers, screens, smartphones, smartwatches, etc. Networks: all the cables that allow the circulation of data, routers, relay anten ..read more
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