SAVE the DATE TAPIA 2020 Dallas,TX September 16-19, 2020

2019 Tapia Conference

The William Test: A Minority Engineer's Guide to Evaluating Company Culture

Friday, September 20, 2019 — 4:00PM-5:00PM

The Joel Test is a well known metric for evaluating the quality of a software engineering team. Every since Joel Spolsky wrote his classic blog post, engineers have been using his methodology as a way to determine if a company is a good place to work. As an engineer from an underrepresented group, there are usually other factors to heavily consider that fall outside the realm of the Joel Test. I’m dubbing these concerns The William Test, a list of 9 factors that minority engineers can use to evaluate the culture of a company. The William Test can be used both by prospective employees and current employees to evaluate the cultural fitness of their team. It can even be used by company leadership as an actionable checklist for creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented employees.

William Hill, Software Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory