Jacob Kaplan-Moss

I’m a software developer, co-creator of Django, and engineering leader. I work at Latacora and co-own REVSYS. Previous jobs: Hangar, 18F, Heroku. If you’re looking to contact me, please see the ways I’m available to help.

Writing

Checking References: How to Check References June 24th, 2022

Part two of my reference check series, covering the nuts and bolts of conducting a reference check. When should you check references? How many? How should you contact references? What questions should you ask?

Checking References: Yes, You Should Check References June 22nd, 2022

Reference checking isn’t optional: it can save you from making a big mistake. Reference checks are your last line of defense against hiring a jerk.

DORA Metrics: the Right Answer to measuring engineering team performance June 17th, 2022

“What metrics should I use to measure my engineering team’s performance?” Believe it not, there is a Right Answer: the so-called DORA metrics.

Making a Compelling Offer — in this economy? June 16th, 2022

An edited transcript of a talk I delivered at the CTOCraft Hiring MiniConf. How do you make a job offer that’ll be accepted when other companies are out there offering candidates over a million dollars?

Mailbag: Dealing With Misalignment While Hiring May 23rd, 2022

Answering a question from a reader: how do you deal with misalignment – arguments about skills, pay, etc. – when hiring?

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