I read a
fascinating blog post about the engineer exchange program between Etsy and Twitter and wanted
to share it with you. For one week, the companies swap an engineer to observe
and take an active role in creating code at the other's company.
of the exercise is for both companies to improve by learning from one another.
The exchange helps the engineers realize what his/her company does well and
learn new techniques from the company they are visiting. After all, you can
only learn so much from a textbook or working in the same environment day after
day. I like this program because it takes an innovative approach, putting life
Twitter have their own ways of doing things, such as releasing new versions of
products, but through this program both
companies learn about themselves and areas of potential improvement. There is a
mutual trust between the companies to allow this to take place and I would love
to see more of this in the future.
Marc Hedlund and Raffi Krikorian
said it best in their original post, "Of course some people would be
uncomfortable with letting this happen... we believe the value of
cross-pollination of ideas and practices is far too high to be blocked by
I think it
would be great if Marc and Raffi also wrote a follow-up post on the outcomes of
the exchange. What were the personal experiences of the engineers and did the
companies participating in the program gain what they anticipated? Or
were their expectations exceeded?
take. What do you think? Would your company consider a program like this? Let
me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @plmjen.
Fri, Sep 21 2012 1:15 PM