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Sumeet is a fantastic developer. Even more importantly, he has built a community in the heartland that trains and supports the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurs.
I've worked with a lot of the best developers and designers in the Valley, and Sumeet's one of the most thoughtful people out there, both professionally and personally. That means that he attacks problems thoughtfully, either in terms of efficiently building a feature, or empathetically working with his coworkers with the users' needs in mind, or just generally enjoying the process of building a team. He's an outstanding addition to your company.
It may be a cliché, but Sumeet really can keep his head while everyone else is losing theirs. He is smart, knows what he wants, and has a knack for diplomacy.
Sumeet is able to advise in a way that fosters best practices and a true understanding of what the software is actually doing.
VaccinateCA.com is helping Californians find COVID-19 vaccination sites by calling every location that might have the vaccine in California (volunteer phone banking at scale!) and updating a real-time database, searchable via zip code on an easy-to-use website. This volunteer effort began late at night on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. I was one of the first people to work on the project that night, before we knew it would quickly become California's most comprehensive source for vaccination site data.
This is a large effort with ~300 volunteers organized on Discord, over a dozen work streams (data engineering, website creation, phone banking coordination, public relations, government liaising, outreach to vulnerable communities, and more. For my part, while we were only a handful of contributors, in addition to making calls to medical professionals myself, I led development of V2 of the website, coordinated other volunteers to organize their efforts, and set up some processes for making the VaccinateCA.com website a manageable open source project at scale.
This work is ongoing. Every one in this group is putting in the time they can, when they can. We'll stop once the problem is solved, which means when the nation is fully vaccinated. Every day matters.
This presentation, first given at Rails Conf in 2018, is a no-fluff guide to better onboarding and mentorship. Over about 30 minutes, I describe a dozen features most engineering teams could add to their playbook within a day.