JSConf 2015 Event Highlights

This past April 25th and 26th, 2015, we were excited to be a sponsor of JSConf.uy, Uruguay’s premier conference on all things JavaScript in beautiful Montevideo. In addition to Scalable Path being a sponsor, I was privileged to be a speaker at the event.

Scalable Path has a deep commitment to South America, and we were excited to be part of this event in Montevideo as this served as our first event in Uruguay. Our sponsorship and branding efforts in South America generally revolve around expanding our network of talented engineers. Our presence at JSConf.uy was no different — we are on the lookout for top talent.

Though being a sponsor, we were able to talk directly with a large amount of attendees, and in doing so a number of common questions seemed to be asked throughout the two-day event:

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Q: What kind of developers are you looking for?

A: Everything! We work with a very wide range of technologies depending on project needs and client goals. Our approach is to maintain a large network of developers so when a new project starts we can quickly find the right talent for the project.

Q: I already have a full-time job, but I like working on the side. Are you hiring full-time only?

A: No. In fact, all of our engineers and designers are contractors. We’re flexible. Some roles require full-time commitment, others are very flexible and can be done on nights and weekends. The needs of the project, the staffing of the team, and your role in the project all drive when you need to be available. In short — we can work around your schedule.

Q: Where are your clients and the rest of your team?

A: We primary work with clients in the USA and most teams are comprised of virtual teams with talent from across the Americas.

Q: Will I be working with you? Or with the client directly?

A: Both! The project Architects are generally based in the US and run the project, implementing processes and procedures and driving the client relationship. You will be a member of a distributed team that will meet virtually for daily standup, weekly sprint planning, and any ad-hoc meetings as needed to resolve project blockers or answer questions. The client is often involved in these meetings directly alongside the architects.

Q: Oh cool, you do Scrum?

A: Yeah! Well, mostly. Every project is different. We let the project drive the needs for process rather than process driving the project. Some are set up more Kanban-style; others more strict on Scrum. Most are Scrum run on weekly or bi-weekly sprints, and most use story pointing and common project management software such as JIRA or Trello.

Q: How do I get put on a project?

A: The first step is to sign up. Once you have an account, you’ll create a profile where you will list and self-assess your skills. You will rate yourself on skills such as jQuery, AngularJS, PHP, Python, ASP.NET, MySQL, and more. When we architects are seeking developers to staff on a project, we search the database for particular skills based on what we need and based on your skills you will show up in our results. At that point, we will reach out to you individually and ask if you’re interested in the project and if you are available.