Empirical evidence shows that diverse teams perform better. In 2015, Atlassian was hiring approximately 10 percent women for technical roles. This meant that our teams were not as cognitively diverse as we wanted them to be (because identity diversity is one of the best indicators of cognitive diversity).
Looking at the data available to us, we realized that this wasn't a "pipeline issue" and instead we needed to better leverage our existing sourcing and outreach work and design a process that evaluated each candidate as objectively as possible. In the U.S., for example, while 20 percent of technical degrees go to women, less than 20 percent of engineering staffs in large tech companies are comprised of women. We decided to take an innovative and data-informed approach to attract more qualified and diverse candidates at Atlassian.Read More