Why Elixir Conf EU rocked, while many other confs don't (anymore)

Why Elixir Conf EU rocked, while many other confs don't (anymore)

TL;DR HR departments of IT companies have discovered software craftsmanship conferences & realized their recruitment potential - this has turn the money tap on, but the pressure to make the conferences more approachable for any developer (that's what recruiters expect) results in quantity slowly taking over quality. That's why I recommend you to get interested in either more specialized or just more local community-based events - in many cases these succeed in retaining the enthusiasm & substantive value. My calendar used to be split not into months, but rather periods between software conferences. BuildStuff here, CraftConf here, DevDay here…

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Suck VS Rock at software dev headhunting

Suck VS Rock at software dev headhunting

Last few years have turned IT recruitment market into blood-spattered area of gore, violence & ruthless brutality - it's not just that acquiring new talent is hard, expensive & time-consuming: demand keeps raising, so competition gets even more fierce over time. I have observed one interesting side effect that accompanies this trend: The gap between companies that do IT recruitment right & the ones who slack behind TENDS TO INCREASE consistently. This is especially visible during various industry-specific events, when you can see the difference with your own eyes ... Rock ... Smarties who get the idea of what engineers expect &…

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Digital dumpster - personal brand & quality

Digital dumpster - personal brand & quality

What I'm about to write down right now may seem a bit controversial. Well, there may even be some who take it personally - however please rest assured that this post is not targeted at anyone in particular. So if you feel it may apply to you, keep calm & maybe give it some thought. The topic for today is public elicitation in the community (of software craftsmanship practitioners) - coming up with your own, personally created content (presentations, articles, tutorials, projects, podcasts - literally whatever) & sharing it with whole community to educate / entertain / trigger a discussion & ... build…

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