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Designing and leading @StackOverflow . Mom. Fitness. Gamer.

In July 2020, Stack Overflow closed a round of funding that enabled hiring across the company to flourish. Senior Leadership looked across the company and worked to come up with a 18-month hiring strategy. One of the highest priority hires was a designer for my team. Because of this, I had the opportunity to reevaluate how we hired designers. I wanted to share how I evaluated our old hiring practices, refactored them, and what I learned along the way — including why using classic product design approaches like iteration can help you build your hiring practices.

What we used to do

Having interviewed with Stack…

By definition, a guild is “an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their trade/trade in a particular area”. Some of the earliest guilds date back to the Roman Empire, so it’s safe to say that a guild is not a new concept. Spotify popularized guilds at an organizational level. They defined a guild as “a group of people that want to share knowledge, tools, code, and practices.” Their guilds have successfully addressed the need for sharing knowledge and developing practice and process while promoting engagement and collaboration between practitioners from different products and teams.

Here at…

Piper Lawson

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