The Case for Junior Developers

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Accepted Session
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Beginner
Scheduled: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B202/203

Excerpt

Are you passionate about building tech, but think there is no place in your organization for junior developers? Come explore the true costs and benefits of hiring junior developers and see how you can improve your company while helping juniors become the best developers they can be.

Description

It only takes a quick glance at an online job board, or a few appearances at user groups to know that tech companies are always in need of more technical talent. Ask if they are hiring juniors, though, and the answer is almost always no.

Some common reasons companies give for not hiring juniors are:

  • The 10x coder—seniors are ten times more efficient than juniors.
  • Juniors require more direction and mentoring, and we don’t have spare senior time to sacrifice.
  • They are unproven

We’ll explore these and other reasons and compare the value of juniors and seniors to see whether or not they hold water. Then we’ll examine ways to overcome remaining barriers to allow your organization to start hiring juniors now.

Let me know on Twitter if you have a common reason you’d like me to explore!

Tags

junior developers, hiring

Speaking experience

Currently, I have no speaking experience other than ad hoc introductions and informational announcements at user groups and code school classes.

Speaker

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    Biography

    Shawna is a software engineer in Portland, Oregon. She works at 38 Zeros in Ruby on Rails and to increase empathy through software. Shawna strives toward social justice and creating spaces and communities that are affirming and accessible to all. To that end, she is a member of the Calagator core team, co-organizer for Women Who Hack, and a sometimes-responsible member of the PDX Ruby Brigade anarchist ghost pirate ship.

    Sessions

      • Title: The Case for Junior Developers
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Are you passionate about building tech, but think there is no place in your organization for junior developers? Come explore the true costs and benefits of hiring junior developers and see how you can improve your company while helping juniors become the best developers they can be.

      • Speakers: Shawna Scott