Startups are experiencing success when they support the professional development of their employees. These days when you're trying to keep a company small yet effective, it's more important than ever to hire the right people. Often times they are the ones with multiple skill sets and experience that can be adapted for the position.
Benefits of your employees learning to code include:
- Improved communication between departments
- Ability to spot design, usability and programming issues earlier
- Larger number of contributions for product bug fixes and feature requests
- Increased coverage during vacation, sick time and work travel
- Higher competency and confidence throughout the organization
- Potential to adopt tools like Pivotal Tracker throughout the entire company
Links to resources and people mentioned
Lean Startup Conference http://www.leanstartupconf.com/
SendGrid (where I work!) http://sendgrid.com
Sarah Mei http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmei
SF Developer Advocates Meetup http://www.meetup.com/DeveloperAdvocates/
Women Who Code Meetup http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-SF/
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Adria Richards is a developer who lives in San Francisco with a focus on digital equality.
As a consultant for many years, Adria has helped many companies maximize their productivity and revenue by showing them how to use the right tools.
An industry veteran, Adria’s passion for cutting-edge technologies has led her to partner with some of the largest companies in the business. Since launching her consulting firm in 2006, Adria has been recognized as a trusted voice in her field and has been called on by several media outlets such as The Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, Computerworld, The Associate Press, Inc.com, Black Enterprise and The Pioneer Press.
Adria’s mission — to make technology accessible —has kept her in demand as a speaker at blogging and technology conferences across the country. She has spoken at SXSW, O'Reilly Web 2.0, Blogworld, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown and Wordcamp and many private functions.
Adria helps others embrace their inner nerd, and has helped thousands through her popular YouTube channel.