Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MassTLC Software Development Summit: Developing Tools, Systems, and Teams for Success in 2013

Next Advisory Board meeting: January 22, 2013

It was a great turn-out for December’s software development summit “Developing the Right Team, Tools and Systems to Succeed”.  It concluded a year of programming for our software development community and welcomed a new focus on finding, developing and engaging tech talent for your business.  As companies are expecting to grow in 2013, how will they find and develop the right talent to support this growth?  Scott Kirsner kicked off the event with this discussion with Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO at Manchester-based DYN Inc., and Niraj Shah, CEO at Boston-based Wayfair.  Their locations may differ but their challenges are the same.  They both identified the hardest rolls to fill as mobile developers, senior software developers and UI developers.  If you’re looking, they would be happy to hear from you! J

Our break-out sessions had two tracks – one developer focused, the second workforce development focused.  It was amazing that four leading dev shops in Boston shared their tech stacks.  They chose their tools and frameworks based on developer productivity  - if it works for the development team and increases productivity, that’s what they will work with.  The tech stacks presentations can be found here from HubSpot, RunKeeper, Vistaprint and uTest.  There was a consensus with the group to try and move to more and more frequent releases (HubSpot currently releases 100 times/day).  More on this at an upcoming MassTLC meeting!

Managing APIs and the company strategy behind them continues to be a hot topic for developers.  It was good to hear from panelists from Akamai, BrainShark, Constant Contact and SmartBear on their best practices and strategies.  A great blog post from this session from programmableweb is here. Click here for a video recording of the discussion on API ROI.