Hire The Right Way

Business Leadership Day
Location: F 151 Level: Novice
Presentation: Hire The Right Way Presentation [PDF]
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Ever hire someone and have it “just not work out”? How long did that take to figure out? Weeks? Days? Before your morning coffee?

Hiring, firing and retention are some of the most difficult tasks that a business faces. And we all make mistakes. The tech industry is currently in the middle of a competitive hiring bubble and it’s really hard to find good people. It’s even harder to retain them. So how do you find good people, and keep them?

We’ll show what mistakes we’ve made in our combined 30 years in open source and tech.

Success in hiring starts with a plan:

  • Hire for cultural fit and skills
  • Decide what on-boarding and off-boarding look like for your organisation
  • Transition new employees into your organisation
  • Set up a buddy/pair system
  • Discover why process and documentation aren’t evil
  • Start good habit creation from Day 0
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Figure out if it’s not working fast and openly

Come learn from Selena Deckelmann and James Turnbull how to hire better, make people productive faster and retain them longer.

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James Turnbull


James Turnbull is the CTO of Empatico. A longtime member of the open source community, James is the author of nine technical books about open source software: The Terraform Book, The Art of Monitoring, The Logstash Book, The Docker Book, Pro Puppet, Pulling Strings with Puppet, Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux. He was formerly CTO at Kickstarter and an advisor at Docker. James likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach or holding hands.

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Selena Deckelmann


Selena Deckelmann is founder and COO of Prime Radiant.

She’s a major contributor to PostgreSQL. She’s created three successful conference series about PostgreSQL, open source development and culture. She speaks internationally about free software, developer communities and trolling. Her interests include opening up government data with the City of Portland, urban chickens and finding ways to make databases run faster.

You can find her on twitter at @selenamarie.

She founded Postgres Open, a conference dedicated to the business of PostgreSQL and disruption of the database industry. She founded and co-chaired Open Source Bridge, a developer conference for open source citizens. She founded the PostgreSQL Conference, a successful series of east coast/west coast conferences in the US for PostgreSQL. She’s helped run other conferences like WhereCampPDX, BarCampPDX and PG Days. She is currently on the organizing committees for PgCon and MySQL Users Conference. She’s a contributing writer for the Google Summer of Code Mentor Manual, and Student Guide.

She founded pdx11.org, which is putting a spotlight on the City of Portland’s efforts to transform the Portland tech industry.


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