, 9 tweets, 2 min read
My Authors
Read all threads
I was part of a podcast on allyship that will drop later today. It was an informative and fun episode to record. I'll tweet it out when it's published.

I want to echo something I said in the episode and share something I call the "Althea Test".
I've talked with a lot of companies who want me to assess how they're doing with embracing the power of diversity and creating an inclusive culture.

There's usually only one thing I need to know to get an initial sense of the inclusion maturity level of the company.
How are Black women valued at the company? This is the question answered by the Althea Test.

It's a question I pose to the engineering leaders with 2 layers of reports (i.e., their direct reports have people who report to them): Directors of Engineering, VPE's, etc.
If these engineering leaders have Black women two levels below them, I apply the Althea Test. Regarding these Black women, I ask:

* Do they know their names?
* Can they list at least two contributions they made in the last quarter?
* Do you see them doing your job?
If they can answer "yes" to these three questions and provide details, then these companies are almost always operating at a very mature level of inclusion.
They pass the Althea Test because they have have created an environment that welcomes and values the demographic most often harmed by a lack of inclusion.

That almost always means that environment also supports other underrepresented groups (LGBTQ, Latinx, etc.)
If they don't have any Black women two levels below them or can't answer "yes" to all three questions, then they fail the Althea Test. That almost always means that they have a long way to go towards creating a diverse and inclusive environment.
There are exceptions, but I've found the Althea Test to be very accurate. It's not meant to end any discussion about inclusion. However, it's a very useful way to start those discussions.
I call it the Althea Test after the first Black woman for whom I served as an engineering manager on a software development team. We worked together over 13 years ago, and she was an exceptional developer.

So, how does your organization fare under the Althea Test?
Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh.

Keep Current with Anjuan

Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!