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Looking to move from senior to lead developer. What should I know?
January 30, 2013 @ 12:31:15

On Reddit.com recently, it was asked what kinds of things someone would need to know if trying to move from being a senior developer to a lead developer in their role. There's lots of answers - some serious, some not - but it's an interesting read.

I'm fairly confident that I am able to move into a lead developer role quite easily. I have worked in many places where the CTO was so incompetent that I've ended up doing a CTO's job as well as coding. Now I want to find a job where I can be a good lead developer. I might have some holes in my self-taught PHP knowledge, so what do you think I should know?

Some of the recommendations include:

  • "The lead engineer is not the smartest guy in the room. Sometimes you will know the right answer, but just telling people what to do won't always get the right results. Ask them how to solve problems and let them own it."
  • "It may be different where you are but I expect lead developers to be more of a 'lead' as in 'leader' than 'lead' as in 'best developer'. That is, you'll probably be expected to actually manage, delegate, and architect on top of your development abilities."
  • "The lead dev will guarantee the whole architecture of the application and the processes of development."
  • "If you, as a lead dev, are project managing then your employer is doing it VERY wrong."

Check out the full post for more discussion and to add your own thoughts.

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Lorna Mitchell's Blog:
Thoughts on Running an Open Source Project
March 01, 2012 @ 12:58:46

Lorna Mitchell has posted about some of her experience in being the lead on the open source Joind.in project, broken up into a few different topics including community, roadmaps and transparency.

I spoke in the unconference at PHPUK last week, on running an open source project. I thought I would collect together my thoughts into one place. [...] These are the things that, having been project lead on joind.in for a while, I think are important.

She talks about:

  • The importance of fostering a good community around the project
  • Providing good documentation (README in this case) for people new to the project
  • Having a clear vision of the future of the project (roadmap)
  • Dealing with the code contributed to the project - good and bad
  • Having transparency with the contributors and anyone wanting to find out more about the project

Want to get involved? Check out Joind.in on github for more details and the source for the site.

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Job Posting:
Options Consulting Solutions Seeks PHP Developer Team Lead (Toronto, Canada)
April 26, 2011 @ 17:35:26

Company Options Consulting Solutions (Recruiting Agency)
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title PHP Developer Team Lead
Summary

My client is a developer of high-traffic, large-scale websites and currently has 5 PHP Developer Team Lead roles available due to aggressive growth. Centrally located in Toronto, competitive salaries, cutting edge technology and a flat structure that allows for growth and development. All in all a great environment. They are more than willing to sponsor/relocate candidates for these positions for the U. S., U.K. and Western Europe.

Summary:
Reporting to the Development Manager, this role is responsible for the development of large scale Internet web sites. We are responsible for evaluation, design, selection and implementation of pragmatic, cost effective technologies, to support our various clients' business models.

Skill Requirements

  • Proven team building and leadership experience in a web development environment
  • Staff training and team development skills and experience
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Experienced in estimating effort and elapsed time required to complete project deliverables.
  • Skilled in both Object Oriented and Non-Object Oriented Design and programming techniques.
  • Several years of skill in PHP and at least one other object oriented language such as perl or Java.
  • Experience designing with large scale distributed databases.
  • Strong business and technical analytical ability so as to create robust technical design documentation from business requirements documentation.
  • Proven ability to define success criteria to meet and measure quality expectations.

Responsibilities:

  • Motivating and leading a team of 6 to 10 application developers.
  • Provide feedback on business requirements documentation to ensure resolution of any apparent ambiguity or contradictions.
  • Functional Breakdown, Design, Programming, testing and maintaining web site applications to support the business requirements.
  • Perform impact analysis for design modification and obtain signoff from the Architecture Team.
  • Participation in the selection and implementation of third party software to support design where it is practicable.
  • Communicating with several third party billing processors to setup and maintain robust ecommerce billing solutions.
  • Appropriate documentation for each development step - including functional, design, and testing specifications.
  • Developing and documenting workload estimates (ie: Creation of workload breakdown plan to define and track software development efforts)
  • Delivering functionality within these estimated effort and time frames
  • Selection, implementation and/or modification of web development practices and methodologies to support continuous improvement efforts.
  • Provide assistance to junior programmers to generate Low Level Design documentation for new or modified functionality.
  • Conduct Design reviews with Technical Architect, Project Manager and Manager of Software Development for final design approvals.
  • Conduct documentation and code reviews for their team members to ensure standards compliance.
  • Define test methodology and use cases to analyze and verify software programs, forms, reports and interfaces.
  • Communicate issues and status information to Project Management Office concerning system development activities.
  • Liaison with Project Management Office to resolve scheduling conflict and project dependencies.
  • Update system data and prepare conversion requirement as necessary for new implementation and production rollout.
  • Participate in project status review meetings with other Team Leads and the Development Manager

Technical Expectations

  • 5-6+ years of PHP 4/5 design/coding/testing/implementing using Open Source approach
  • 4+ years of Object Orientation design and development experience for large scale distributed web applications
  • Linux, Mac O/SX, MySQL, PHP, Apache/Light HTTP technologies experience
  • Computer Science trained graduate or equivalent work experience

For more information contact Kenneth Cosgrove at kcosgrove@optionspersonnel.com

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Job Posting:
TheChange.com Seeks Lead Web Developer - PHP (Vancouver, BC)
June 29, 2010 @ 08:07:39

Company TheChange.com
Location Vancouver, BC
Title Lead Web Developer (PHP)
Summary

http://www.thechange.com/jobs/1312/

Passionate about using technology for social change?! Want to be a part of the founding team of a promising start-up? If you are a self-motivated, entrepreneurial web developer then keep reading!

TheChange is a media platform for sustainability engagement, in a local context. People use our platform to shop, work and study for change while organizations use TheChange to connect with a highly targeted and motivated audience interested in their sustainability initiatives and opportunities. We launched TheChange.com on May 15th with the participation of over 50 of BC's leading sustainable companies and NGO's. We have big plans for future development. It's an exciting time to join our team!

As the back-end development lead you will be responsible for architecting, implementing and maintaining the back end functionality of our platform. You'll be responsible for various additional tasks including bug fixes, server troubleshooting and strategic technical input. You will work closely with our web design and marketing team members to develop and create a continually better customer experience. Growth and new challenges will be endless with this job as the company scales up at a continually faster pace.

This is not your regular 9 - 5 job. We are looking for someone who shares our vision, has an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic and is keen to be part of a start-up environment. If you are a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy working in an agile and iterative development environment, then you'll fit right in.

Please note: Our start-up is supported by a government program that funds innovative technology start-ups; this program requires that new hires are 30 years or younger and have post secondary education.

Recent graduates with a strong portfolio are encouraged to apply!

Qualifications

  • Post secondary degree or diploma in a related field
  • 3+ years of demonstrated web development experience
  • Strong working ability in PHP
  • Strong working knowledge of MySQL and experience building scalable database driven web sites
  • Experience using open source software and services
  • Knowledge of MVC frameworks (CakePHP, Codeigniter, Elgg)
  • Basic sysadmin skills for linux-based deployments
  • E-commerce experience is preferred

Who you are

  • Passionate about web technologies, usability and analytics
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; you love iterating and shipping quickly and frequently
  • Excited at the prospect of putting everything into your work
  • A deep belief in learning through doing
  • Excellent communicator with good project management skills
  • Dedicated to constant refinement and improvement in every task you take on
  • Understanding and interest in Web 2.0 concepts - social media, UGC, online communities
  • You're innately driven to create web applications that users love

Bonus

  • Previous start-up experience
  • Experience with the Elgg framework
  • Experience with social media integration (Facebook Connect, Twitter API etc.)

Why Join Us?

  • Get involved with a start-up that has garnered early traction and grow with the company
  • Lead technology development and use your skills to make a mark!
  • We can offer a base salary and equity participation

We Want to Hear From You!
Please direct all inquiries and resumes to annalea@thechange.com. Please include links to previous projects!

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Job Posting:
Vermont Information Processing Seeks Senior/Lead PHP Developer (Burlington, VT)
March 04, 2010 @ 16:00:27

Company Vermont Information Processing (VIP)
Location Burlington, VT
Title Senior/Lead PHP Developer
Summary

Summary:
We are seeking an experienced PHP Application Developer with serious chops and mentorship/team-building skills to develop and lead a team in the creation of new, enterprise level applications for our large client base.

We are looking for a high energy, self-starter who loves to create usable applications. You must be able to participate and lead others in all areas of the software development lifecycle, including gathering requirements, writing specifications, programming, testing, documentation, etc...

Responsibilities:

  • 5+ years of professional application development experience in PHP
  • Experience with PHP frameworks
  • Work with the senior engineers to provide clear leadership in technical design and architecture of Betfair US software systems
  • Excellent system architecture and application/database design skills
  • Skilled in working with large databases and writing high performance, scalable applications
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and manage work in order to meet critical timelines

Requirements:

  • Strong hands on skills in - PHP, RoR, Java, Flash, AMFPhP, memcached, memqueue, + at least one of LAMP stack environments
  • Relational Databases and SQL ( MySQL, Oracle, logical design and stored procedures).
  • Front-end Web Technologies (HTML, Javascript, XML, XSL)
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a team of engineers
  • Deep experience building Distributed Large Scale Systems focused on highly available websites
  • Proven ability to operate effectively at the senior level
  • Exceptional motivator and technical leader
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

Additional Notes:
Candidate must be prepared to demonstrate skills by providing code samples or take tests to demonstrate ability to document your experience in significant prior projects.

VIP Overview
Vermont Information Processing is a software and services company that serves he beverage industry. Our software applications handle all business functions for a beverage distributor including inventory management, order processing, sales reporting and financial management. We offer a full benefits package that includes health, 401k, ESOP, profit sharing and on-site childcare. We are located just outside of Burlington, VT.

For more infromation or to submit your resume, contact Teresa Langston at Teresa.Langston@vtinfo.com or by phone 802-655-9400 ext. 2718 or cell phone at 802-498-7310.

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Job Posting:
BetFair Seeks Lead Software Engineer (Web)
February 08, 2010 @ 12:42:46

Company BetFair
Location San Francisco, CA
Title Lead Software Engineer (Web)
Summary

Summary:
Betfair US currently seeks a Lead Software Engineer to focus their creativity and passion on our Web Platform. This position will have overall responsibility in delivering consumer-focused, highly scalable and high availability web products.

Through collaboration with Executives and our Architectural teams; our Lead will manage a small team of talented developers to take technical and design concepts into production through their creative vision…

Responsibilities:

  • Create, deliver and maintain a very scalable system architecture to address a high availability internet site and varied sets of internal applications
  • Work with the technology and product management leaders to develop and deliver the company strategy and vision
  • Work with the senior engineers to provide clear leadership in technical design and architecture of Betfair US software systems
  • Share knowledge with other members of the Software Engineering team
  • Lead the development of white papers and other technical documents to effectively present Betfair's US technology
  • Participate in reviewing and evaluating 3rd party technologies and vendors
  • Work with patent attorneys to identify and file patents

Requirements:

  • BS in CS, Preferred MSCS (or equivalent) and 5-8 years of hands-on software design and development experience or data and mathematical analysis
  • Strong hands on skills in - PHP, RoR, Java, Flash, AMFPhP, memcached, memqueue, + at least one of LAMP stack environments
  • Relational Databases and SQL ( MySQL, Oracle, logical design and stored procedures).
  • Front-end Web Technologies (HTML, Javascript, XML, XSL, good understanding of HTTP protocol and some knowledge of development with varied mobile platforms
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a small (3-5) team of engineers
  • Deep experience building Distributed Large Scale Systems focused on highly available websites
  • Proven ability to operate effectively at the senior level
  • Exceptional motivator and technical leader
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

Additional Experience Desired:
Social & Web Gaming; Mobile Gaming, Virtual World Applications (UX, Currency, Transactions, Community, Micro-Payments, Start-up Exp)

Betfair US Overview
Located in San Francisco; Betfair US is a true start-up being developed from the ground up! We are an incubation team consisting of highly talented, passionate, and collaborative team members. We look to continue to build our team with the brightest and most creative individuals across all disciplines. This is a tremendous opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial mindset to help create the direction we take with our technology platform and product portfolio.

For more infromation or to submit your resume, contact Seth Dawson at SDawson@tvg.com or by phone 415-515-2654.

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Job Posting:
Uplifting Innovations Seeks Lead PHP Developer (Portland, OR)
January 25, 2010 @ 21:54:02

Company Uplifting Innovations
Location Portland, OR
Title Lead PHP Developer
Summary

Summary:
We are searching for a talented PHP web developer who we can build the foundation of our "in-house" development team around as we are in the process of bringing our development in-house (all developers currently are off-site contractors). We want someone who has a keen interest in being part of a young, fast growing company and will have significant influence on the outcome of our applications. This person will also enjoy using the best machines and 2 huge monitors with a very comfortable chair. This will be a fun and rewarding opportunity with plenty of innovative projects and career growth to come.

3 Reasons Why You Will Love This Opportunity

  • Uplifting Innovations has the sole purpose of creating and building innovative and first-of-their-kind web applications and online businesses that focus on uplifting and enhancing the lives of people across the world. We are a small company, but we are mighty on Vision, Creativity and the Ability to not only Recognize Needs, but also Fulfill them using ingenuity and cutting edge web processes. YOU CAN BE A VITAL PART OF THIS TEAM.
  • A company with big dreams and even bigger foresight, Uplifting Innovations discovers issues that are causing pain in people's lives, and then we put our minds together to come up with an innovative solution that makes people say, "duh, why didn't I think of that!" We have a unique and innovative business model in that we are creating a live, online eco-system with tens of thousands of users that acts as a "proving ground" and traction generator for possible standalone web applications or other online businesses.
  • Uplifting Innovations is being led by a successful "serial entrepreneur" with a history of building innovative web companies and has successfully sold two of them in the last 5 years. Most recently, Josh Hall was the founder of EnticeLabs, one of the most innovative and "game-changing" companies on the web (backers included Omniture, Inc. co-founders Josh James & John Pestana). With the help of an brilliant dev team, Josh revolutionized the online job sourcing industry with behaviorally targeted and dynamicly optimized job "Enticements", "Engagement Pages", and real-time job sourcing analytics. Having sold EnticeLabs, Josh wants to make an even bigger impact on the world! To do that, a mediocre dev team will not do; we need rockstars! Brilliant, innovative and creative. Plain and Simple. Do you want to get on a rocket ship to the top or would you rather work for "the man"? If you want the ride of a lifetime, jump on!

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead Developer in building first class, innovative, large scale, highly trafficked web applications
  • Use specifications and mock-ups to develop light, lean and highly scalable web applications
  • Develop for both the front-end and back-end (until front-end & back-end roles are separated)
  • Work with the project manager to define detailed estimates of dev schedule and timelines using the Agile Development methodology
  • Help build the best development team around; the kind that makes tech magazines giddy!
  • Write great code

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • 3+ years experience developing PHP/MySQL web applications at an EXPERT level.
  • Expert-level experience with XHTML, AJAX, CSS, JavaScript
  • Experience with Linux/Apache/MySQL administration.
  • Experience with Mootools, Smarty Templates, JSON and PHP 5
  • Capable of rapid development of highly scalable apps and user interfaces
  • Strong ability to write structured code followed up with clear documentation
  • Strict adherence to web 2.0 standards and cross-platform compatibility
  • Ability to write clean, light code (and then test your clean, light code)

RELATED SKILLS

  • Obsession with new technologies and trends
  • Self-driven, with a good approach to working efficiently and effectively
  • Organized, detail-oriented and able to set (and meet) realistic deadlines
  • True passion for creating clean, functional and well-designed sites

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Creative thinker who thrives on collaboration but can also work independently
  • It is absolutely required that you can be self motivated and work under tight deadlines.
  • Intense desire to build something successful from the ground-up
  • You will be richly rewarded if you pay careful attention to detail to ensure all requirements & specifications are accounted for and developed accordingly
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong desire to deliver projects on-time and to specification

DESIRED SKILLS, but NOT REQUIRED:

  • Shell scripting, Mail Server Administration, VPS Server, Facebook API, Flex, and SocialEngine.

BENEFITS

  • Competitive Salary
  • Health Insurance bonus
  • High-End and Powerful Equipment including 2-24 inch monitors and a Dual Quad-Core machine
  • A SUPER comfortable chair
  • Stock Options
  • Make a name for yourself and leave your mark on the world

HOW TO APPLY
If you are excited about joining Uplifting Innovations and you feel like we'd be a good fit, please send us your resume and the following information to: DreamJobs *AT* UpliftingInnovations.com

  • Include all applicable experience (Projects you worked on, what you did and for whom)
  • Why you want to work for Uplifting Innovations
  • What sets you apart from other web developers?
  • Please provide 2 professional references (supervisor, team lead, etc. No friends or family)

Have a great day! We hope to hear from you soon!

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Job Posting:
JKPorto Inc (Recruiter) Seeks Lead PHP Developer (New York, NY)
October 01, 2009 @ 11:01:40

Company JKPorto Inc (Recruiter)
Location New York, NY
Title Lead PHP Programmer
Summary

I am searching for a PHP LAMP developer for NYC, and having a hard time finding talent in the area.

Lead PHP Programmer

We are looking for a motivated, team-oriented lead PHP programmer for our websites.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Work hands-on to maintain existing websites, extend existing websites, and build new websites in our technology stack: PHP, mySQL, Apache, Linux
  • Oversee and coordinate a team of site developers
  • Provide guidance and leadership in implementing web technologies throughout the organization
  • Serve as liaison between editorial, marketing and technical departments

Qualified candidates will have at least 5 years of PHP/mySQL web programming experience within a Linux environment. Experience with Symfony PHP framework is a big plus. Some experience with REST/SOAP/XML/JSON desirable.

For more information contact Jinny Porto at Jinny@jkporto.com

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Job Posting:
Banis & Associates (Recruiter) Seeks Tech Lead (Southeast US)
July 28, 2009 @ 09:09:10

Company Banis & Associates (Recruiter)
Location Southeast US
Title Tech Lead
Summary

Company:

Our client, headquartered in the Southeast, is an online marketing services company that acquires new customers on behalf of brands in a variety of vertical markets, ranging from home and business services to education and automotive. Capabilities include lead generation, sales conversion, performance tracking and marketing channel optimization. Founded in 2000, the company has six offices and more than 500 employees.

Responsibilities:

Provide PHP programming and functionality for a wide variety of consumer related websites, intranets, extranets, and web-based applications.

Collaborate with business leaders to understand technology needs and requirements and lead a small team of developers.

Be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways.

Design, evaluate, update, and maintain object oriented applications in PHP.

Share your opinions and insights with business leaders on a daily basis in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective solutions to business requirements.

Translate vague business requirements into tangible and accurate technical requirements as well as anticipate future requirements within the design of new systems.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Sciences or similar field.
  • 5+ years of solid PHP and MySQL development.
  • Strong working knowledge of HTML, DHTML/CSS and Javascript.
  • The ability to translate business requirements into system design.
  • Successful track record of working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.
  • Exceptional debugging skills and the ability to easily and quickly read and modify existing code.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with business leaders and marketing managers.
  • Desire to take an active role in the success of the business unit.
  • Genuine interest in our business and in creating technologies to enable its success.
  • Sense of humor

Further information can be obtained by contacting:
Jeanne Boyce - Banis & Associates
at 815-468-0150 or jmboyce@sbcglobal.net

All inquiries are kept on a strictly confidential basis.

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PHPandSalesforce.com:
Introduction and Lead Generation
June 24, 2009 @ 11:17:36

lanstein has submitted a two-part article series looking at connecting your PHP application with the Salesforce.com APIs (as a part of a blog dedicated entirely to the subject):

PHP and Salesforce is a new blog dedicated to helping web developers take control over their CRM integration. Most of the early entries will focus on building a reference of Salesforce PHP examples, followed by discussions on topics including performance, concurrency, CRM framework architecture (and whether you should consider building one), and strategies for handling scheduled and unscheduled outages.

The first article gives an overview of how to make the connection, where to get the tools you'll need and provides a bit of sample code to let you test out a connection. The second article looks at lead generation in the Salesforce application.

If you're interested in the Salesforce+PHP combination, you should definitely check out this blog.

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