Building Great Software Teams

Over the last decade I’ve worked with dozens of teams helping them work better as a team and individuals through mentoring and helping build infrastructure.  I recently gave a presentation that used Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and compared that to how you can build great developers on your team. Take a look at the slides below and get in touch if you’d like me to give this talk at your local meetup or conference!

Microsoft MVP Award Announcement

Ryan Hayes Microsoft MVP

Microsoft MVP

A couple days ago I woke to receive this in my inbox:

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Internet Explorer technical communities during the past year.

It’s a huge honor for me to be called a Microsoft MVP and a special thanks goes to Carter Rabasa of the IE9 team for my initial nomination.  Since I started coding back in 2003, I’ve followed and got inspiration from heavy hitters like Rick Strahl, Phil Haack, Scott Hanselman and Jon Skeet, who have all held the MVP award, and it’s awesome to be able to join them.  Here’s what Microsoft’s MVP site says about what an MVP is: