…mpanies send signals that either attract or repel women from recruitment channels. I feel compelled to ask you, Vidya — do you think this Medium post is going to have an encouraging or discouraging influence on potential engineering candidates who are female and/or under-represented minorities?
My friend said “Suggest to President Obama that the team should deploy to production every day.” When I first heard this story, I laughed, because it seemed so simplistic – especially when you’re talking to the leader of the free world. But as I thought more about it, I came to understood the genius of it. It is genius, because it is a very concrete, measurable recommendation that you can only achieve if you solve hundreds of problems, small and large, ranging from technical, to practice, to policy, to culture. If he had instead said “Let’s talk about changing your culture,” it might have resulted in a stimulating and thought-provoking 15 minute conversation, but would have failed to have any concrete impact.