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Keeping People

Keeping People

Tech companies do a generally poor job at keeping employees from leaving.

There are plenty of reasons for this: competing offers, unhappiness, and just generally itchy feet. Because of this, sometimes it's difficult to focus on building a strong culture of company solidarity, particularly when you're trying to juggle the hundreds of other needs of a growing business.

This is a talk about keeping people.

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Zach Holman

April 09, 2013
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  1. keeping people

  2. None
  3. PEOPLE IS HARD REPLACING

  4. 8 PEOPLE IS HARD REPLACING

  5. 8 2 WEEKS 2 MONTHS 3 MONTHS PEOPLE IS HARD

    REPLACING
  6. 8 2 WEEKS 2 MONTHS 3 MONTHS NOTICE INTERVIEWS RAMP-UP

    PERIOD
  7. 8 HALF A YEAR TO REPLACE PEOPLE

  8. DOESN’T WORRY OUR INDUSTRY ABOUT THIS ENOUGH

  9. TODAY: FOUR TRAITS OF GITHUB’S RETENTION

  10. TODAY: WORK IS CREATIVE FOUR TRAITS OF GITHUB’S RETENTION

  11. TODAY: WORK IS CREATIVE YOUR PRODUCT IS YOUR PRODUCT FOUR

    TRAITS OF GITHUB’S RETENTION
  12. TODAY: WORK IS CREATIVE YOUR PRODUCT IS YOUR PRODUCT ATTACHMENT

    TO THE UNIQUE FOUR TRAITS OF GITHUB’S RETENTION
  13. TODAY: WORK IS CREATIVE YOUR PRODUCT IS YOUR PRODUCT ATTACHMENT

    TO THE UNIQUE REALLY GOOD HIRING FOUR TRAITS OF GITHUB’S RETENTION
  14. WORK IS CREATIVE

  15. BURNOUT

  16. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS

  17. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS

  18. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS I’M ON JOB #5 AT

    GITHUB
  19. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS MOVES POSITION UNHAPPINESS OFF THE

    TABLE
  20. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS SHORT-TERM: SMALL HACKS, NEW PROJECTS,

    LEARNING
  21. LET PEOPLE FLOAT BETWEEN JOBS LONG-TERM: NEW FOCUS

  22. Yo how are you even reading this bro do you

    even magnifying glasses? Yo how are you even reading this bro do you even magnifying glasses? REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even reading this bro do you even magnifying glasses? Yo how are you even reading this bro do you even m agnifying glasses? Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even reading this bro do you even m agnifying glasses? Yo how are you even reading this bro do you even m agnifying glasses? Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi
  23. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi NO ONE LIKES “THE MAN”
  24. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi CODE REVIEW: “THE MAN”
  25. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi DESIGN REVIEW: “THE MAN”
  26. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi MEETINGS: “THE MAN”
  27. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi FROM UP HIGH: “THE MAN” DIRECTIVES
  28. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi FRICTION IS FRUSTRATING
  29. REDUCE OVERHEAD FOR DOING ANYTHING Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi AUTOMATE AWAY THE TEDIOUS
  30. HIRE WHO FRUSTRATE EASILY PEOPLE Yo how are you even

    readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readin Yo how are you even readi Yo how are you even readi
  31. YOUR PRODUCT IS YOUR PRODUCT

  32. ALWAYS OWN THE PRODUCT hereby it i declared that thing

    were declared
  33. ALWAYS OWN THE PRODUCT GOOD PEOPLE LIKE FEELING IN CHARGE

  34. ALWAYS OWN THE PRODUCT BOOTSTRAPPING GOOD VC TERMS BEING PROFITABLE

  35. ALWAYS OWN THE PRODUCT NOT BEING FORCED TO MAKE POOR

    PRODUCT DECISIONS
  36. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ $ $ $ $

    $ $ $
  37. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ MOST USERS ARE IDIOTS

  38. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ I’LL USE YOUR PRODUCT

    IF YOU ADD MY FEATURE “ ”
  39. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ THEY WON’T.

  40. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ OR THEY WILL ANYWAY.

  41. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ THIS DILUTES THE PRODUCT

  42. “IF”S ARE LIES $ $ $ THIS MAKES PEOPLE LESS

    HAPPY ABOUT WORKING ON IT
  43. WOOF DOG- FOODING WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF

  44. WOOF DOG- FOODING WOOF WOOF WOOF STUFF YOU USE BUILDING

    MEANS RECURSIVE HAPPINESS
  45. WOOF DOG- FOODING WOOF WOOF WOOF TO RECRUIT EASIER

  46. WOOF DOG- FOODING WOOF WOOF WOOF TO BUILD EASIER

  47. ATTACHMENT TO THE UNIQUE

  48. GOOD PEOPLE INTERESTING STICK AROUND FOR REASONS

  49. GOOD PEOPLE INTERESTING STICK AROUND FOR REASONS HERE’S A FEW

    OF OURS
  50. THE MUSIC ⽄ ⽄ ̇ ♪

  51. THE TRAVEL

  52. THE CHAT 

  53. WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTING REASONS?

  54. WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTING REASONS? HINT: IT’S NOT FREE COKES

    OR XBOX OR PING-PONG
  55. REALLY GOOD HIRING

  56. YEAH, HIRE A-PLAYERS AND ALL THAT JUNK

  57. YEAH, HIRE A-PLAYERS AND ALL THAT JUNK THERE ARE A

    LOT OF A-PLAYERS THOUGH
  58. HIRE HACKERS OPEN SOURCE

  59. HIRE HACKERS OPEN SOURCE SEE THEIR WORK EASY TO

  60. HIRE HACKERS OPEN SOURCE SOLVE THEIR THEY OWN PROBLEMS

  61. HIRE SLOWLY

  62. HIRE SLOWLY GITHUB WAS <10 FOR 2.5 YEARS

  63. HIRE SLOWLY QUICK HIRING GENERATES CONFUSION

  64. keeping people

  65. keeping people REALLY MATTERS

  66. keeping people REALLY MATTERS EVERYTHING FLOWS FROM PEOPLE

  67. keeping people REALLY MATTERS EVERYTHING FLOWS FROM PEOPLE BUILD GOOD

    CULTURE
  68. THANKS WOOF