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How to scale a company - game teams at Wooga

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Wooga is one the leading publishers of social games for web and mobile. Throughout the last three years the numbers of employees have doubled each year. But the company culture, the very essence of …

Wooga is one the leading publishers of social games for web and mobile. Throughout the last three years the numbers of employees have doubled each year. But the company culture, the very essence of what Wooga is all about, remained untouched: It's still all about game teams, that each act as a small and agile startup with Wooga acting as a container (or incubator) for them.

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  • 1. Jesper Richter-Reichhelm (@jrirei) | WoogaWie skaliert man eine Firma?Game-Teams bei Wooga
  • 2. Do you playgames every day?
  • 3. Yes
  • 4. 2009: 20 employees
  • 5. 2009: 20 employees
  • 6. 2013: 250+ employees
  • 7. 2013: 250+ employees
  • 8. 70% inGame Teams30% inService Teams
  • 9. Game Teams
  • 10. Teams are small
  • 11. Prototyping2 membersTeams are small
  • 12. Prototyping2 membersProduction6 - 10 membersTeams are small
  • 13. Prototyping2 membersProduction6 - 10 membersLive8 - 15 membersTeams are small
  • 14. agilemanifesto.org
  • 15. Teams are independent
  • 16. Freedom
  • 17. ConstraintsWeekly rhythmFail fastBe transparent
  • 18. Standard Framework
  • 19. Standard Framework
  • 20. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?
  • 21. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?Art Style?
  • 22. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?Framework?Art Style?
  • 23. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?ProgrammingLanguage?Framework?Art Style?
  • 24. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?ProgrammingLanguage?Framework?Data Center?Art Style?
  • 25. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?ProgrammingLanguage?Framework?Data Center?Tools?Art Style?
  • 26. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?ProgrammingLanguage?Framework?Data Center?Tools? ExternalServices?Art Style?
  • 27. Scrum, Kanban orsomething else?ProgrammingLanguage?Framework?Data Center?Tools? ExternalServices?InnovationArt Style?
  • 28. “You build it, you run it.- Werner Vogels
  • 29. Impact
  • 30. SmallteamsAgileprinciplesIndependence
  • 31. humanepursuits.com/2012/04/05/anarchy-on-your-lapto
  • 32. Collaboration
  • 33. Exchanging Knowledgeflickr.com/photos/swamibu/2868288357
  • 34. Exchanging Knowledgeflickr.com/photos/wili/233621595
  • 35. flickr.com/photos/photomonkey/12746989Weekly status
  • 36. Monday Morning
  • 37. flickr.com/photos/mictlan74/33745646535 minutesof fame
  • 38. flickr.com/photos/rheinitz/8499706723Brown bag lunch
  • 39. Being transparentflickr.com/photos/marcomagrini/698692268
  • 40. Meeting peopleflickr.com/photos/gviciano/4060850226
  • 41. Job rotationflickr.com/photos/cantstandstill/7341964940
  • 42. flickr.com/photos/kitchen/26313635Lunch
  • 43. flickr.com/photos/m_power/115186679Backend lunch
  • 44. flickr.com/photos/omcoc/8350510425Mystery lunch
  • 45. flickr.com/photos/redbettyblack/271610082Lunch roulette
  • 46. flickr.com/photos/philipyk/160559925One kitchen
  • 47. flickr.com/photos/clearpathchiropractic/7864063782Parties
  • 48. ShareknowledgeBe open andtransparentBuild acommunity
  • 49. People
  • 50. Hiring flickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2803305840
  • 51. Finding unicornsflickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2803305840
  • 52. Lifelonglearningflickr.com/photos/carlosporto/775089650
  • 53. Social Fit
  • 54. Tech Crunch
  • 55. Trust
  • 56. “Build projects aroundmotivated individuals.Give them theenvironment andsupport they need,and trust them to getthe job done.”- Agile Manifesto
  • 57. 3 managers
  • 58. 90+ developers3 managers
  • 59. In doubt,don’t hireTrustpeople
  • 60. Independent TeamsTransparencyTrust
  • 61. Independent TeamsTransparencyTrust
  • 62. It works
  • 63. Thank you
  • 64. Jesper Richter-Reichhelm@jrireiwoo.ga/backendwooga.com/jobs