Presentation on theme: "Scaling Craftsmanship Through Apprenticeship CHRIS MCKENZIE."— Presentation transcript:
Scaling Craftsmanship Through Apprenticeship CHRIS MCKENZIE
Personal History Started Programming at 25 w/ virtually no prior experience or education Had a great mentor Worked hard to learn Became an advocate for TDD / Clean Code
Rat City Roller Girls More than meets the black eye
Junior Derby League Coached by current and former skaters First graduates entering the adult league Elevating the game for everybody
Growth in the Industry Demand for programmers doubling every 5 years Half of all programmers have < 6 yrs experience Years experience != Skill "It means that most software organizations will have to endlessly relearn the lessons they learned the five years before. It means that the industry as a whole will remain dominated by novices, and exist in a state of perpetual immaturity. …[A] leader can help to instill the value of refactoring and clean code, as a counterweight to the youthful thrill of getting it to work. “ --Uncle Bob "My Lawn"
Growth in our Company Historically hired only senior engineers Started hiring less-experienced devs Started an internship program to teach new developers to work like seniors
Program Philosophy Learn, then do. Intern is paired with a dedicated mentor (usually me). Intern is assigned a coach.
Intern Should be a senior in college They should at least understand data structures Should want a career in Software Development
Mentor The Mentor’s job is to guide the intern’s learning. Teach principles before tools & technologies. Keep the learning transferrable. Focus on tools & technologies used in the project Teach the project
Coach Pair with the intern a couple of times a week 1-on-1 with the intern each week Assess the progress of the Intern and Mentor Second set of eyes to identify and correct potential issues
Curriculum Boot Camp Reading, Pluralsight Tools & Technologies Principles Trello Project Work Held to the same standards as senior developers All work is code-reviewed
Notes for Mentors Patience Practice Pairing Source Control Use their homework assignments for teaching opportunities
Hiring If we have a position open And we are highly impressed with the Intern
Success Stories First intern was hired Career Changes Lost a hiring battle for one of our interns