Ask the HARD questions when Hiring AND Interviewing!

As we embark on more growth at SterlingTS our hiring continues to increase which leads to a lot of resumes, phone calls, and interviews. My peers and I have been discussing and taking this process very seriously, but I wanted to share some sentiments to all of my fellow technologists, engineers, and hiring managers.

Everything you do before, during, and after the hiring process is a direct reflection not only on you as a manager, but on the organization you represent. Be consistent, challenging but respectful, and most of all honest, and you will end up with candidates who meet the bar you’ve set, fit the culture and values of your team(s) and will ultimately be more successful.

Don’t let the pressure of hiring convince you to settle for candidates who aren’t an ideal fit in the things that matter most. Similarly, don’t let the pressure of finding a job force you to settle for an employer that isn’t a match if at all possible. Ask the hard questions about the work, and the company, and you’ll be well respected for asking the questions that matter most!

Helping Transform Engineering at SterlingTS

Today I had the wonderful pleasure of championing several technology initiatives with my colleagues in Bellevue during an all-hands technology town-hall. We focused specifically on implementing Docker across our teams for our end-to-end development lifecycle, which is going to transform how we build software.

Our teams are doing really amazing work with some of the most talented engineers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am really excited for what we are doing this year, and my teams are looking for passionate software engineers who want to build transformative SaaS applications and tackle software challenges across many microservices and legacy applications.

Also posted on LinkedIn.

SterlingTS Releasing PHP Decoupler Open Source!

I am extremely proud today to officially release the php-decoupler from SterlingTS as an open-source project that my colleague Ken Ploeger and I will be maintaining at Sterling Talent Solutions.

Ken led the vast majority of the efforts of this project in parallel with helping lead our globalization efforts at Sterling for our flagship SterlingONE product. This tool allowed us to dramatically increase our efficiency in upgrading our legacy PHP platform to a more modern MVC architecture in an incremental approach without the need to “boil the ocean” and rewrite the entire platform (as many of us software folks love to do).

We’re looking forward to maintaining and expanding this project, and continuing to support the PHP ecosystem for enterprise software-as-a-service software companies.