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Indeed’s FOSS Contributor Fund is now live for 2021. The program enables Indeed employees who make open source contributions to nominate and vote for projects to receive a donation from the fund. We’re proud that the fund has introduced more Indeedians to the open source community. This post shares updates for those interested in adopting a fund of their own.

What’s new with Indeed’s FOSS Fund

As we enter year three of running the program, we’re excited to announce a few updates for how it will operate in 2021:

  • Previously, we selected one project per month. For 2021, we’ll select three projects each quarter, each receiving…

This talk was held on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Jack Humphrey’s presentation at the 2020 Virtual CTO Summit shows how you can use metrics-driven insights to improve your team’s delivery lead time.

Imagine your team starts to work on a feature Monday at 10am, and it goes live Thursday at 10am.

We call that difference delivery lead time — in this case, a very respectable three days.

When you decrease delivery lead time, you increase productivity. Improving productivity allows your teams to learn and evolve at an agile pace. …

This talk was held on February 19, 2020.

The Indeed Money teams work diligently to ensure that no major bugs escape to production, so rigorous QA practices are essential. If a team lacks a dedicated QA automation engineer, or new feature work outpaces automation coverage, then more work shifts to manual QA.

Christine Mecklenborg

This can slow a team down.

In this talk, we learned how automated regression testing helps our Money teams move faster, without breaking our financial systems.

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Christine Mecklenborg is a senior QA automation engineer on the Indeed Payments…

This talk was held on February 19, 2020.

If you want to build a team of innovators within a company, you need to become an expert at building quickly — and shuttering just as fast. Indeed Incubator’s director of engineering walks you through the process of creating a subculture of innovation in a multi-billion dollar company.

RC Johnson

Fostering innovation involves being open to learning from mistakes as well as successes, and this talk covers both. We learned how to build an innovation team that can more than pay for itself and dramatically change the direction of your company.

We’re updating the…

This talk was held on February 19, 2020.

What can you do if you stretch beyond what you think your capabilities are?

Micah Barwick

What does stretching do for your goals, your career and your team?

Micah shared how he and his team stretched beyond what they thought they were capable of to innovate and reach a common goal at a recent Hackathon.

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Micah Barwick is a QA automation engineer at Indeed with 19 years of experience in software testing. He is passionate about improving the quality of software through advocacy, coding, and group think. He divides his free time between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, traveling, reading, and cooking.

Cross-posted on Indeed Engineering Blog.

This talk was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

The Data Infrastructure team at Indeed uses many open source technologies to provide a data platform for the rest of the company. But sometimes, the team encounters problems that existing solutions can’t solve. So, we build something new for the platform.

Josh Slocum

In this presentation, you’ll get an overview of the distributed storage technology space and some of its most interesting challenges.

You will also learn about one significant problem Indeed was facing that led us to build an entirely new in-house database.

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This talk was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

The Indeed Money teams adhere to requirements from Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, informally called J-SOX. In the systems they manage and build, the Money teams check that modifications are approved at specific points in the software development lifecycle (SDLC).

Sean Chambers

One of the most important approvals occurs during production deployments. During deployments, the team validates that all commits are covered by code reviews — and this can be very time consuming.

Learn about Beholder: a tool built at Indeed to automate the approval process for J-SOX adherence when updates are…

This talk was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Daemonizer is Indeed’s in-house Java application framework, providing developer facilities around the Spring framework and Tomcat. Ten years ago, Daemonizer provided a lightweight alternative to JEE containers and did a great job of meeting our needs.

Speaker smiling

However, keeping an in-house framework of this nature in sync with industry standards became a full-time job — one we haven’t kept up. Our framework has fallen behind many of the readily available, off-the-shelf open source alternatives.

Enter Spring Boot 2: an open source, Java-based application framework. We decided to replace Daemonizer with Spring Boot…

We’re excited to have three Indeed representatives presenting at All Things Open this year. Join us in Raleigh, NC October 13–15 for engaging discussions.

Flyer for All Things Open shows a cartoon astronaut hitchhiking to Raleigh, North Carolina to get to the conference

Sustaining FOSS Projects by Democratizing the Sponsorship Process

Tuesday, October 15 | 10:45am | Room 201
Speaker: Duane O’Brien, Indeed head of open source

Within a given company, there are typically only a few people involved in deciding which FOSS projects and initiatives to support financially. This year we decided to change all that and democratize the decision making process. We set up an internal FOSS Sustainability Fund and invited everyone to participate in the process.

This talk examines how we got executive buy-in…

This talk was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Outages happen. Products break. Every time a failure occurs, it’s an opportunity to learn and improve. Web-based products are incredibly complex. By understanding and managing their complexity, carefully investigating incidents, and improving responses, we can build more reliable products and more resilient systems.

Tristan Slominski at the podium giving his presentation.

Tristan Slominski, site reliability engineering manager, constantly strives to offer an answer to the question “Why are we doing this?” His talk is a distillation of models that seem to explain why certain known practices work. We understand that “two pizza” teams are about the right size. We…

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