GlueCon 2014 – Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the data really telling us?

This past week, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a keynote speaker at GlueCon 2014 in Broomfield, CO.

At Quick Left, I'm passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on my team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.

While the focus of my keynote was about the state of women in the computer industry, I truly believe that overall diversity is what makes teams work well, and this is why it's important to have a good mix on all teams.

Here are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:

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The 2013 WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces

Decentralization, Accountability, Transparency, Reflection + Evaluation. These are some of the ten principles of a Democratic Organization that Quick Left embodies. We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we've made the 2013 WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces. This list of companies from all over the world and from all types of industries is compiled based on direct feedback and data from employees. We are excited to be on the list again this year, because I truly believe that we are one of the best places to work. Happiness in the workplace has always been something I've been passionate about, and creating a profitable business that allows people to thrive and be creative is important to us all here.

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Quick Left makes WorldBlu’s 2012 List of Most Democratic Workplaces

Running a business that is not only profitable but that also enriches lives is extremely important to me. Throughout my career as a software engineer I’ve sometimes felt like I was just just another “resource” making sure that “deliverables” were delivered. I knew that there must be another way. What would the world be like if people were treated with dignity in their jobs, and given the freedom to grow and thrive? I’ve always tried to stick to these ideals in the growth of Quick Left, and it was truly a treat to see that there were others who shared our vision.

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3 Gotchas In Developing A Democratic Organization

Over the last year, Quick Left has grown rapidly both in numbers and as a company. During that time, I've been focused on refining our development process, figuring out which projects are the best fit, helping establish our culture, and determining our overall vision. One goal we've had throughout this process has been to run a business that truly values the team, yet remains successful and profitable. To that end, Becca and I had the chance to attend the WorldBlu Live conference a couple of weeks ago.

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