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What do developers look for when they scan a job ad?

Dear Reader,

In my book “Culture of Respect” I have a section on writing job ads that will attract developers. I am in the process of revising that chapter, so I thought I would ask the people who actually read the job ads what they look for. The results weren’t that surprising to me. Having read a lot of job ads though, I am guessing that the results will be surprising to some managers out there.

I’ll let you read the results for yourself.

Until next time,
I <3 |<


Culture of Respect – Dead Tree Edition

Book Cover: Culture of RespectDear Reader,

I wasn’t going to do this. However, someone asked – and by “asked”, I mean bought enough to make it worthwhile – so I have made a limited run of “Culture of Respect”  in printed, physical form.

For those of you interested, order your  “Culture of Respect – Physical Copy” today. (Physical Copy also includes ebook) Of course you can still get the ebook “Culture of Respect – ebook

If you have previously purchased the ebook, you should have received a coupon to purchase the physical copy for $10+shipping. If you did not receive this email, drop me an email and we’ll talk.

Two Special Offers

  1. 5-Pack of Culture of Respect for $175
    Got 5 developer managers on your team? Get them all on the same page with a “Culture of Respect” 5-Pack and save $5 per book doing it.
  2.  10-Pack of Culture of Respect for $300
    Save even more with the “Culture of Respect” 10-pack. Get all the developer managers in your office on the same page and save $10 per book in the process.
    BONUS: The 10 pack includes a 1 hour conference call with me and your developer management team. I will present on developer management for 20-30 minutes and then do Q&A on either the presentation or the topics covered in the book. The consultation alone is worth $200. You get almost $600 worth of books and consulting for only $300.

Order your copy today!

Until next time,
I <3 |<

I have released my latest book, “Culture of Respect”

Book Cover: Culture of RespectDear Reader,

I have released my latest book, Culture of Respect. This book is for Team Leads, Managers, Directors of IT, and anyone charged with building and managing a team of developers. It is specifically not for developers. If you are a developer and not looking to move into management any time soon, please don’t buy this book.

The largest part of the book focuses on how to find developers to hire. It also covers how to hire developers. (hint, it doesn’t really require a coding test) Finally it talks about building a team.

This book is built from 3 sources.

  • My personal experience managing developers
  • Discussions I’ve had over the years with other managers
  • Discussions I’ve had with developers about their managers

In my career I’ve been a developer, a managers, and a director. This book was written primarily for my younger self. It is the advice I wish I had had when I was starting down the management road.

If you are a manager, I urge you to take a look at it.  If you are a developer, it is not an insulting book, it is safe to give as a gift to your favorite manager.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Help Build a Culture of Respect

Book Cover: Culture of RespectDear Reader,

I am in the final steps of producing my next book, “Culture of Respect: How to Find, Hire, and Retain Developers”.  It is based in large part on my own experience, as well as advice I have received from other managers and talks I’ve had with both developers and managers.


Be a part of my latest book

The final piece I want for this book is advice from developer managers, team leaders, directors of IT. I want your best tips for other managers to help them build a better team or department.  So I’m asking you. Are you a manager? Director? Team Lead? Do you want to be part of my latest book? Drop me an email.


How you can help

If you would like to submit to be considered here is what I am looking for from you.

  • Send an email to cal at calevans dot com. In the subject line put “Culture of Respect”
  • In the email put your best advice for managing developers, building a team, finding developers, hiring developers or building your team’s culture.  No more than 3 paragraphs, please.
  • Give it a title, a good title

If I select your submission, I will drop you an email letting you know and asking you for a high-quality head shot to go on the book.

I am hoping to get 10 good submissions for the book. If I get more than 10, I will write those I don’t use in the book and ask if I can use them as guests blog posts on this blog.


The Fine Print

  1. My judgement is final on what goes into the book. You do not have to agree to let me use it as a guest blog post if it doesn’t make the book, but you can’t argue with me about whether it makes it into the book.
  2. This is not a paying gig. If you want to share, to help others build teams and manage developers then I want your submission. You will get attribution for your contribution. I’ll list your name, twitter, and blog should you want it. You will have to confirm that what you submit is your own and you will have to agree to allow me to publish it in my book.
  3. You will get a free copy of the eBook and a coupon to give to someone else for a free copy. I am not currently planning a dead-tree edition of this book but if I do, those selected will get a free signed copy for your collection, and a second free copy to give away to someone.


The Call to Action

So, help me, and  help others. Submit your best tips to share with other developer managers, team leads, and IT managers. Let’s see if we can change things for the better.

Until next time,

I <3 |<

Quick Tip for Building a Culture of Respect

"My Favorite Parisian Waiter" by  Christina CampisiDear Reader,

Since my last post, “It’s all about culture”, I’ve been asked several times “What does ‘build a culture of respect’ mean?” I realised that the post, while well meaning, was incomplete. It told you why you should build a culture of respect, but it did not give you any advice on how to build one.

I’ve blogged about some of my ideas on team building in “Nerd Herding”. Start by reading that and take from it what you will.

The tough truth is that there is no easy answer. Building a culture of respect means that when you get up every morning you start thinking of ways to improve the lives of your developers.

Here is a simple idea to get you started

Make a pot of coffee. Now walk around to each developer asking if you can refill their coffee. (Don’t forget the cream and sugar)

Do not say “Wonderful idea! I’ll have my assistant to that every day”. If you do, you are missing the point. The point is not to make sure developers are working in a caffeine fueled fog. The point is to show your developers that you respect what they are doing so much that you will sacrifice some of your time to make sure they are taken care of.

Don’t do it once, do it every day. Do it with a smile. If appropriate, take the time to chat with each developer about their life, kids, SO, hobbies. Don’t just pretend to be interested in them, BE INTERESTED IN THEM.

Depending on the size of your team, this exercise could take 10 minutes or it could take an hour. Regardless of how long it takes you, do it. Do it today, do it tomorrow, do it every day next week, do it for the rest of the month. Do it every day until you understand why this is important.

At that point – that moment when you begin to understand why small and seemingly insignificant actions like a manager bringing someone a cup of coffee are important – you will understand “Culture of Respect”. Your team will never be the same again.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Photo credit: “My Favorite Parisian Waiter” by Christina Campisi