Scaling Teams Through an Unconventional Approach
24 September, 2021
Sr Engineering Manager at Quotient Technology
I worked with the recruiters and focused on approaching talent through unconventional channels. We looked up angular meetup communities and reached out to developer-friendly job portals such as Stack Overflow. This helped us to get the right talent, and we had access to an inventory of profiles. We also participated in front-end-specific conferences.
In parallel, when we could not solve the problem through the aforementioned steps, we would turn to our existing staff, who were talented and inclined towards front-end development. However, as they had to tend to their current responsibilities, we suggested changing their percentages. In the coming weeks, they will dedicate 30% of their duties to front-end development. Within a month, they were comfortable enough to work with remote team members and became productive to work on bug fixes and enhancements. Instead of waiting for external recruitment, we started working with our two staff on fundamental things.
In the recruitment process, we needed to connect the panelists with the mountain view. However, a lot of logistical problems were arising. Therefore, we went through online sources such as Hacker Rank and Accurate Platform to find a solution. Along with that, we switched our approach to our custom day project. This helped us get suitable profiles and describe the content of the work via the one-day project. The interaction with team members was slowly reduced as we would do pairing code review sessions and then usual problem-solving rounds. By bringing in the right external talent, we were also able to upscale our existing two members, who were being groomed for front-end development, up to their level. For non-critical problems which did not require experienced staff, we leveraged our internship programs. In the process, we enriched our relationship with our recruiters and improved the recruitment team.
- Always anticipate faster. Be prepared for unexpected situations and try to have a backup plan.
- Try to have the right mix of specialists and generalists in the team. The availability of a suitable talent base will help make use of a growing business demand in the future.
- Allow your team members to move around and explore opportunities for growth in their careers. You need to facilitate and grow talents with good training, along with measuring their progress.
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