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XTC with Code First: Girls - Hiring Practices

For this meeting, @aparker42 would like to talk about Hiring Practices. What do you do? What works? What doesn't?

XTC welcomes the Code First: Girls community to this and future events. Code First: Girls provides training for young adult and working age women in programming. Their thriving community connects like minded women in tech and Code First:Girls corporate services include training, recruiting, and developing their talent management policies and processes so companies don’t miss out on amazing female tech talent. 

The eXtreme Tuesday Club (XTC) is London's oldest agile meetup, and has been meeting since 1999. Initially the meetup was focused on discussing Extreme Programming (XP), but it has expanded to include anything XP, agile, lean, or the larger context in which we do software development activities.

We welcome all software development newbies, practitioners, and experts to discuss topics of interest over drinks.

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  • Mike P.

    My first ever XTC. It was loud, shouty and hot. Exactly what I expected. I shall return. :)

    2 · February 8

  • Rachel D.

    Great conversation!

    3 · February 8

  • Franziska S.

    Here's one of the gender bias in job descriptions decoder (it just looks for keywords), but there are more out there: This is a more elaborate analysis tool:

    If you are interested in the history of how the gender gap in IT came about, this is a good read:

    3 · February 8

  • SteveF

    Also worth checking out Marc Guzdial, a specialist in computer science education.

    2 · February 8

  • Christie O.

    Was sure an eye-opener. Thanks for making this happen folks xx

    1 · February 8

  • Rickard J.

    Great conversation and old a newbies

    1 · February 7

  • allan k.

    Umm... so I signed up to XTC for tonight and have only now, about 70 minutes before it starts, noticed the topic for tonight. I'm well confused. Guess I'll turn up and find out what you are talking about

    1 · February 7

    • Andrew P.

      Allan, we are experimenting with a new format to try to get the group going again. Back in January we decided to try having a "seed conversation" to encourage others to show up, but after that have it be the XTC of free flowing conversations that we've had at XTC for years.

      For this one, I proposed a seed conversation about hiring, since it is something that I've been thinking about a lot and Antony (I think) suggested that we try out a joint session with Code First: Girls. My only expectation is that there will be some conversation about hiring and I'll learn something from others.

      2 · February 7

  • Charlotte

    Hi all this could be interesting reading for the meetup, written by CF: G CEO Amali de Alwis:

    3 · February 2

    • Franziska S.

      Thank you @amali for pointing out the problems in communication style

      @steveF I think there is more at play here so I'm looking forward to the discussion

      3 · February 6

    • Amali

      Thanks for all the comments folks, and hope the discussion goes well! Alas I'm on my annual hols so won't be there, but look forward to hearing how it goes from Charlotte and others who attend.

      1 · February 6

  • Antony M.

    I’m really looking forward to the topic “Hiring Practices” – from finding/attracting the best candidates to the technical exercises we use (or don't use) to filter out the candidates lacking the necessary skills/aptitudes for the role.

    On the topic of finding/attracting the best talent, I found Amali’s article (see earlier comment from Charlotte) very interesting and thought provoking. I really like her pragmatic approach in the article, looking at the practical use of targets to drive essential conversations on how to improve gender diveristy. I found the nod to quotas and the complexity of the issue in her article valuable because if we all don’t address the disproportionately low number of women in technology roles – quotas will likely be the only option we have left. Hopefully we can make things better, soon enough, so it is a non-issue – allowing us to avoid ever having to deal with the complexity that quotas introduce.

    See you all on Tuesday!

    5 · February 5

  • Marton M.

    Hey guys, long time no see! Not 100% sure on this date yet, but I do miss "Tuesdays".

    1 · January 25

    • Joe S.

      It has been a while! Here's hoping you can make it :-)

      January 25

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