05 Sep '17, 5pm

Engineering Managers Say Great Teams Need Diversity, Regular Retraining

Silicon Valley’s companies aren’t just trying to add diversity to their workforces to make themselves look good. They are pursuing diverse workforces because diverse teams do better at solving big technical challenges. That was the message delivered by a group of engineering managers speaking to attendees at @Scale 2017 , a technical conference for engineers who work with large-scale systems. Julie Pearl, senior director of e-commerce and security & privacy at Nest, said her company is, “dealing with consumer hardware, which is designed to be used by everyone around the world. So it helps people building products to have different backgrounds.” But there’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem endemic to building a diverse workforce, the engineering managers indicated. “Imagine you are going on a job interview,” said Pearl. “You check in, you are nervous, you are waiting in t...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/te...

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