17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Building a pipeline: The case for hiring junior developers

Wade Minter (Custom Communications)
16:05–16:45 Monday, 17/10/2016
In real life (IRL)
Location: Blenheim Room Level: Beginner
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

What you'll learn

  • Understand why it's important to support the hiring and development of junior developers


In today’s technology industry, hiring is job #1. With investment comes expectations for growth, driven in large part by hiring developers to move your product forward. Look at the job board at any technology conference, and it will be filled with companies competing for developers. Money, perks, titles—the in-demand software developer can have it all!

However, many of those same companies will summarily dismiss the idea of hiring junior developers, especially if they are not from a big-name computer science program. The reasons why these companies avoid junior developers are varied and include:

  • We don’t have time to train junior developers.
  • Our work is much too complex or fast paced for a junior developer.
  • Code school graduates aren’t in technology for the right reasons.
  • It’s not worth our time to train someone if they’re just going to leave when they get good.

If your company has ever said, “We just can’t find any good developers out there,” followed shortly by, “Sorry, we only hire experienced developers,” then you’re part of the problem. Wouldn’t you rather be part of the solution? The good news is that there are effective ways that you can help your company, grow your pipeline of talent, and build a more diverse technology team.

Tech team-builder and hiring manager Wade Minter makes the case for why your company (yes, yours) should have a process for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and developing junior-level talent. Wade dissects common arguments against hiring junior developers and provides tips and strategies on how to sustainably build a development pipeline inside your company.

A relevant proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.” Attend this session and start planting the seeds of an amazing technology organization in your company today.

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Wade Minter

Custom Communications

H. Wade Minter is the chief technology officer at Custom Communications in Raleigh, NC. Previously, he was part of the founding team and CTO at TeamSnap and the engineering lead at WeaveUp and Adwerx. He is also the public address announcer for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the ring announcer for GOUGE Professional Wrestling. He leads a weird life.