You’ve got an awesome team filled with talented engineers, but how are you going to ensure that they’re happy and want to stick around?
Retention starts from day one; with a sound onboarding process that sets your engineers up for success, and develops into you providing them with an environment that facilitates learning and self-growth.
We explore how to make sure you are providing a safe and engaging environment for your engineers
Establish frameworks to set your engineers up for success
Strategies for getting your new engineers up to speed
Best practices for fostering an environment of self-growth
Of course, the diving save is too late to think about retention, but when should we begin?
Why not at the start of everything: onboarding. We’ll talk about onboarding for retention through the dual lenses of belonging and accomplishment.
Engineering Director, mobile
Cate is an Engineering Director at DuckDuckGo and an advisor at Glowforge. She previously worked at Automattic, where she led the mobile, Jetpack, and Developer Experience teams. Cate admins the New-(ish) Manager Slack and writes regularly for Quartz.
Onboarding and retention often define an employee's experience at a company. They are critical and yet many of us either aren't spending enough time or the right kind of time to onboard and retain effectively.
Maybe you think that you don't know what you should be doing or what you think you should be doing isn't something you have the time or skill for.
What you definitely have is yourself and your life story - your career path, your experiences, and the stories of those around you. From there you can identify and fill the gaps in order to ensure you are successfully onboarding and retaining the best people for your team and company.
Rebecca Miller-Webster is a software engineer, educator, and engineering manager. She is the founder of Write/Speak/Code and Engineering Manager at Venmo. Rebecca has been developing software professionally for almost 20 years, previously organized GORUCO, and was the founding teacher at Dev Bootcamp NYC. Rebecca's hobbies include playing guitar, being quasi-successful at having plants, cuddling pugs, & wearing all the colors. And she changes her hair A LOT.
An often overlooked aspect of Tuckman’s stages of development is that each addition or subtraction to your team creates a new team. Yet, the processes around these changes tend to focus on the individual or a subset of the team.
In this talk, we will look at onboarding and retention from various team points of view: the team a person belongs to directly, the teams they interact with and the company as a whole. Using these touchpoints, we can re-examine onboarding and retention in a more holistic way.
VP of Engineering
Kevin Stewart is an engineering executive focused on building teams to build products. He has helped shape the engineering culture at a number of startups, digital agencies, and cloud companies. Kevin is particularly experienced in leading remote and distributed teams to consistently deliver quality products. Although he currently resides in Seattle, Kevin is a lifelong New Yorker with dreams of relocating to a sunny island in the Caribbean.
Group discussions are such a powerful tool in problem-solving and decision-making, and they help you build confidence in yourself. But openly discussing challenges you are facing and mistakes you might have made in front of a group is not that easy.
So to help you structure the discussion time with your group and turn your conversation into actionable insights, a group of engineering colleagues will be joining the panel and will role model some of the discussions you will be having later.
Director of Engineering
Neha is a Director of Engineering at GitHub, where she leads the Communities Department that focuses on tools for open source communities like Discussions, Sponsors, and Interaction Limits. Her passion lies in making the tech industry easier and more inclusive to work in, which is why she focuses her talks and blogs on action-oriented tips and tricks.
Staff Engineering Manager
Billy Griffin is the Engineering Manager for GitHub Desktop and GitHub CLI, GitHub’s two largest open source products. Billy began his career as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy and co-founded a company whose product, Base Directory, helps service members and their families find information on military bases around the world.
VP of Engineering
VP of Engineering at GitHub, leading product engineering teams building app core, coding and community features. Lynn Started at GitHub 8 years ago as an independent contributor, reluctantly became a manager and was bitten by the leadership bug. Previously LivingSocial and various enterprise tools companies. Cat person living in Las Vegas.
Global People Engagement Director
When Pamela isn’t dissecting words to find anagrams, she combines them to tell stories about the human side of innovation and technology. After 20 years navigating tech and recruitment, she now focuses on people-centered topics ranging from DevRel, to Employer Branding, and Diversity & Inclusion. She joined Doctolib, the European health tech unicorn, in 2020 as their People Engagement Director.
Senior Engineering Manager
Denise is a Senior Software Engineer at GitHub, where she builds tools to make Open Source software development better for communities. She has previously delivered conference talks on topics ranging from continuous delivery to functional programming to scaling company culture. When she's not coding, she is often doodling sketch notes that break down technical concepts into digestible pieces at deniseyu.io/art.