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Sustainable Engineering
Culture
Mike Gehard
Software Engineer, Boulder
mgehard@pivotallabs.com
@pivotallabs
@mikegehard
Sustainable
• able to be used without being completely used
up or destroyed

• involving methods that do not completely us...
Culture
• the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular
society, group, place, or time

• a way of thinking, behaving,...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theknowlesgallery

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/talaakso

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DETAILS

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PREDICTABILITY

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00

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LOW BUG COUNT

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31031835@N08

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SUSTAINABILITY

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00

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Sustainable Culture = (Transparency
+ Communication) * Discipline

10
Transparent
• able to be seen through
• easy to notice or understand
• honest and open, not secretive

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Communication

• an act or instance of transmitting 
• a process by which information is exchanged

between individuals th...
WE STAND

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WE STAND

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WE PAIR

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VISIBLE WORKLOAD

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KEEP CUSTOMERS CLOSE

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56594044@N06

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RETROSPECTIVES
Discipline
• control that is gained by requiring that rules or
orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior

• a way of beh...
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/56594044@N06

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PAIR, ALL THE TIME

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TAKE OUR BREAKS
WE

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HIRE FOR FIT
OUR DAY
• 08:45 Breakfast
• 09:05 All Hands Standup
• 09:15 Team Standups
• Lunch noon-ish
• Ping pong at will
• Done arou...
BURNING MIDNIGHT OIL

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dasqfamily
Sustainable Culture = (Transparency
+ Communication) * Discipline

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THANK YOU
!

• Mike Gehard
• Software Engineer
• mgehard@pivotallabs.com
• @pivotallabs
• @mikegehard
!
!
!

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  1. 1. Sustainable Engineering Culture Mike Gehard Software Engineer, Boulder mgehard@pivotallabs.com @pivotallabs @mikegehard
  2. 2. Sustainable • able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed • involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources • able to last or continue for a long time 2
  3. 3. Culture • the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time • a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business) • what happens when no one is looking (unknown) 3
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/theknowlesgallery 4
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/talaakso 5
  6. 6. DETAILS 6
  7. 7. PREDICTABILITY http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00 7
  8. 8. LOW BUG COUNT http://www.flickr.com/photos/31031835@N08 8
  9. 9. SUSTAINABILITY http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00 9
  10. 10. Sustainable Culture = (Transparency + Communication) * Discipline 10
  11. 11. Transparent • able to be seen through • easy to notice or understand • honest and open, not secretive 11
  12. 12. Communication • an act or instance of transmitting • a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior 12
  13. 13. WE STAND 13
  14. 14. WE STAND 14
  15. 15. WE PAIR 15
  16. 16. VISIBLE WORKLOAD 16
  17. 17. KEEP CUSTOMERS CLOSE http://www.flickr.com/photos/56594044@N06 17
  18. 18. RETROSPECTIVES
  19. 19. Discipline • control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior • a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders • orderly conduct as a result of training 19
  20. 20. 20
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56594044@N06 21
  22. 22. PAIR, ALL THE TIME 22
  23. 23. TAKE OUR BREAKS WE 23
  24. 24. HIRE FOR FIT
  25. 25. OUR DAY • 08:45 Breakfast • 09:05 All Hands Standup • 09:15 Team Standups • Lunch noon-ish • Ping pong at will • Done around 18:00* (*your mileage may vary) 25
  26. 26. BURNING MIDNIGHT OIL http://www.flickr.com/photos/dasqfamily
  27. 27. Sustainable Culture = (Transparency + Communication) * Discipline 27
  28. 28. THANK YOU ! • Mike Gehard • Software Engineer • mgehard@pivotallabs.com • @pivotallabs • @mikegehard ! ! ! 28
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