February 26, 2015 — Jake Goldman interview with Chris Lema about starting an agency (the first hires).
November 21, 2014 — This session assumes a basic understanding of plugin development (hooks!) and PHP, and introduces habits that make plugins secure, reliable, compatible, maintainable, and usable.
January 3, 2014 — There are 10 questions that range from developer basics, to advanced WordPress development, to developer philosophy that help me suss out just how “expert” a candidate really is.
Whether you’re contracting a developer to build your site, hiring a full time engineer, or just want to see if *you* can pass the 10up test, this talk is for you.
November 10, 2013 — This session discusses the process used to hire developers for an agency with questions asked and some right and wrong answers to these questions.
September 8, 2013 — This presentation combines captivating case studies that will broaden your sense of what’s possible with a look at off-the-shelf plug-ins and tools like Edit Flow that you can put to work immediately to improve your publishing workflows. From managing unique layouts like a grid or interactive map, to curating reader-submitted or ingested content, to staging big changes.
August 11, 2013 — The panel, moderated by Matt Mullenweg, explores what it means to break the 1 man freelancer barrier and the challenges of building an agency in the WordPress ecosystem. Topics include first hire/hiring/management, managing a team, business models (distributed vs. brick and mortar, contractors vs. full time employees), challenges with WordPress at a larger scale, and the economics of bigger teams in an ecosystem filled with freelancers.