Setting Up a Dev Shop: A Simple 8 Step Guide
Setting up the dev shop at a startup is really hard. As the technical leader of the shop, it feels overwhelming. As the non-technical leader, it's scary because you have no idea if things are being done "right".
I will show you that it doesn't have to be that way. I've setup the dev shop at several startups, and there is a simple, obvious and sane way to get the job done. It's 8 steps (with a 9th bonus step!) and when you see it you'll say, "gosh, that is so easy...I can't wait to take that back home!"
To be clear, this isn't fluffy pontification about "best practices": these are the actual steps I've followed in the past, and if I ever setup another dev shop, I'll use them again in the future.
Also, my slides will have lots of LOLcats because I work at Cheezburger, so there's that too!