[rspec-users] What does a skilled BDD-/RSpec-er want in a job?
ashley.moran at patchspace.co.uk
Tue Sep 9 09:34:27 EDT 2008
On 9 Sep 2008, at 13:28, Dan North wrote:
> I know a while back Google used to request python skills when they
> were hiring java folks. They didn't actually need python to do their
> job - it just meant they attracted the kind of developers who
> venture outside their regular programming world, which is what they
> were really after. Mind you they ended up hiring Guido van Rossum,
> so you have to be a bit careful :)
Good point! Might try and sneak something new and shiny in there. Do
you think if we mention RSpec + Stories on the job spec we might hire
the whole RSpec core team by accident?
> Mentioning the technologies is useful, but if you put the emphasis
> on your culture (co-located, collaborative, valuing open source -
> both using and contributing, etc.) you may find you attract people
> who also value culture over specific technical skills.
Very good point, hadn't looked at it that way. Collaborative is very
important. One thing I love about stories is they give a concrete way
to bridge the gap between the customer and code. I noticed a few
weeks back that there's a continuum:
Customer -> Story Session -> Story -> Spec -> Code
<------------- Demo Meeting <---------------
And it's no longer clear where the fuzzy business stuff stops and the
geeky technical stuff starts. Dunno how you screen for that though,
short making a real story writing session part of the interview process.
> And any job ad that attracts Pat Maddox - well that would be a
> pretty successful job ad in my opinion.*
This may require something more specific on the job description.
Pat's favourite brand of coffee is? :)
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