Analyzing ‘Resetting Tech Culture’ by Accenture and Girls Who Code

This article analyzes the Resetting Tech Culture report from Accenture and Girls Who Code in four parts: 6 Selected Results 8 Selected Criticisms What it Doesn’t Say Related Notes Here is the Girls Who Code press release from 2020. Here is the Accenture landing page for the report, and here is the actual report! 6 … Read more

Early Thoughts on Optimal Performance Review

This article lists some thoughts on optimal hiring, firing, and performance review policy. I do like what Netflix does: At any time a report can bring an offer letter to their manager and the manager is free to modify compensation. In their words: “To help us attract and retain stunning colleagues, we pay employees at … Read more

Brag Sheets and Better for SWEs

This article will describe an artifact called a brag sheet, ways that a software engineer can use a brag sheet to enhance their career development, and then I will describe a purpose-built tool called starboi that I prefer to the classic brag sheet for essentially the same use cases. What is a Brag Sheet? A … Read more

The State of Diversity in US Tech

The US leads the world in gender diversity among professional software engineers. Source, Stack Overflow developer surveys 2011-2021, with emphasis on the most recent year of data. While software development is not particularly diverse, it is not among the least diverse industries and adjacent job families in the broader tech ecosystem are among the most … Read more

What do SWE interviews look like?

As part of optimizing the Ladderly curriculum, I am currently conducting an empirical investigation on what the software engineer interviewing process looks like. This article lays out a survey methodology. Not to be studied: Big N uses a 3-stage interview process inclusive of live-coded algorithm interviews with asymptotic and time complexity analysis. FAANG has public … Read more

Announcing Ladderly, Patreon, and More!

I recently created Ladderly, which is a career accelerator and coding bootcamp alternative. Individuals looking for their first job in tech, or experienced programmers looking to level up can leverage this site. The site currently has three components, although more may be added later: A community or social network, currently implemented as a Discord server. … Read more

Machine Learning is a Subfield of Statistics

I have a background in statistics, with an applied emphasis in political science and econometrics. I am also a programmer, but I am just beginning to get serious about machine learning. Before and after looking more deeply, it seems to me that machine learning (ML) is simply a special subfield of statistics. When looking into … Read more

STATA 13-IC Crack Yields True Results

I previously conducted a bunch of analyses using a pirated (or cracked, or hacked, etc.) version of STATA. There is a rumor flying around that STATA has internal code which causes it to intentionally miscompute findings when a pirated version is used. With several caveats, I provide evidence that this rumor is false and the … Read more