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How to Hire a Developer


Peter Bell

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About This Class

Whether you're looking for a contractor, an employee or a technical co-founder, this class will help show you how to hire the best possible developer. We'll start by looking at what kind of developer you need, where to find a developer, how to tell whether a developer will meet your needs, and how to persuade a good developer to work on your project.


  • Introduction 0:39
  • The Importance of Great Developers 6:51
  • Distinguishing a Great Developer 15:59
  • Interview Questions 10:01
  • Q: How important is it to check a developer's GitHub profile? 3:00
  • Finding a Great Developer 10:22
  • Managing a Great Developer 4:32
  • Q: Computer science students as interns? 5:59
  • Q: Should you use an NDA when bringing on a developer? 4:08


  • Identify the skills and capabilities of various developers
  • Determine if a developer will be able to meet your business needs
  • Translate business goals into technical requirements

Prereqs & Preparation


About the Instructor(s)


Peter Bell

Peter is founder and CTO of Speak Geek. He teaches business people to more effectively hire and manage developers - even if they don’t know how to code. He also provides help with coming up with mobile strategies, lean product development and specifying software and provides due diligence on engineers and outsourcing companies.

Peter is also a contract member of the Github training team and teaches a wide range of developer topics - from git, github, chef, devOps and hosting/scaling topics to neo4j, mongodb, redis, client MVC frameworks, javascript, ruby, python and java.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, QCon (New York, San Francisco and Shanghai), RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

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