Matt Sherman

Matt speaks on engineering and engineering management. He specializes in recruiting, getting developers talking to salespeople, and the Go programming language. He is also the founder of Alikewise, a dating site based on books.
company July 27, 2016

Salary Transparency at Stack Overflow

We believe (and developers tell us) that job seekers should be empowered with as much information as possible when looking for a job – especially salary. So we ran an experiment on Stack Overflow Jobs to see if the evidence would support it. Remarkably, we learned that job listings which include a salary range got…
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Engineering Manager (former)
culture April 27, 2016

A Pluralistic Meeting

Running a good meeting is the FizzBuzz of management – for a manager, it should be nearly effortless. Attendees should leave gratified that it was time well spent. In the context of servant leadership, it’s our job as managers to ensure that our time together meets this high bar. Optimize for presence Meetings are synchronous…
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Engineering Manager (former)
engineering February 18, 2016

How Stack Overflow Does Technical Interviews

Here’s a webinar I did recently (with our friends at Greenhouse) about the Stack Overflow developer interviewing process. Give it a listen! First: it’s hard Technical interviewing is hard. The best companies in the world haven’t cracked this nut. Here’s what Google had to say about the process. Years ago, we did a study to…
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Engineering Manager (former)
engineering July 29, 2015

“Why Are There So Many Programming Languages?”

I was asked this question twice in the past week, by colleagues who work with our clients. It sounds like a dumb question, but it’s not. The short answer is that we don’t need so many languages, but we want them. Let’s explore this further. Aren’t they all the same? In a sense, yes. You…
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Engineering Manager (former)
community January 8, 2015

Stack Exchange Year in Review 2014

We – which is to say, you, the Stack Exchange community – had another great year in 2014. We cracked Quantcast’s top 50 networks in the US. We did this without posting celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, or cat pictures. We did it by creating artifacts: useful, canonical bits of information, edited, refined, and curated by…
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careers June 15, 2011

CodePlex and other Gateway Drugs

We’ve added a bunch of new features to Careers 2.0 profiles. Based on popular demand, we have added CodePlex, Bitbucket, SourceForge and Google Code as open source hosts. (Plus an “other…” option for those we don’t explicitly support.) Already, over 2,500 people have added over 11,000 open source projects to their profiles! Gateway drugs We…
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careers April 6, 2011

A bookshelf on your Careers 2.0 profile

We think books are a great conversation starter and reveal a lot about one’s natural curiosity. So, we’ve added a “bookshelf” to your Careers 2.0 profile! It’s all about telling the story of your professional development. Perhaps you deftly implemented an Observer pattern for a chat application. Maybe you educated your manager about the maker’s…
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company March 30, 2011

Careers 2.0 now does GitHub

careers In our continuing effort to allow awesome developers to demonstrate their …awesomeness… we’ve added the ability to include your GitHub projects on your Careers 2.0 profile. The feature is inspired by a sentiment widely shared among developers and employers: show me. As John Resig put it: The process is easy. Head over to your…
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