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Engineering your culture how to keep your engineers happy

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Presented at #APIL15 by Oren Ellenbogen

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Engineering your culture how to keep your engineers happy

  1. 1. @ “No  were harmed in the making of this talk” – said no one, ever. Until now.
  2. 2. Photo credit: Mike Kepka
  3. 3. Photo credit: AirBnB
  4. 4. Photo credit: clickypix
  5. 5. Photo credit: yiyinglu
  6. 6. “ Photo credit: Facebook
  7. 7. We’re beautiful snowflakes
  8. 8. Head of Engineering @ Forter I write at Lnbogen.com I tweet @orenellenbogen We’re hiring! ;)
  9. 9. SoftwareLeadWeekly.com LeadingSnowflakes.com
  10. 10. photo credit bennylin0724
  11. 11. • Amazing mission statement organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful • Hard to iterate fast (process heavy) • Incredible technology MapReduce, Google FS etc.
  12. 12. • Awesome mission statement make the world more open and connected • Fast iterations, small teams • Great technology (+ leftovers) PHP – I’m looking at you!
  13. 13. • Some lame mission statement make more money than the church • Fast iterations, small teams • Great technology, at huge scale!
  14. 14. (your engineers)
  15. 15. Explicitly hire for: People who can prioritize & get things done on their own They focus on autonomy
  16. 16. Changing code -> … -> something breaks -> lack of trust -> slower cycle (process++) -> new department of [trust issue] -> still breaks … -> death (of happiness)
  17. 17. Changing code -> … -> something breaks -> quick release + retrospect -> automate/test stuff -> still breaks -> quick release + retrospect -> automate/test stuff -> …
  18. 18. http://www.slideshare.net/HubSpot/the-hubspot-culture-code-creating-a-company-we-love http://www.slideshare.net/reed2001/culture-1798664
  19. 19. “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. WTF?
  20. 20. The last person to join the company is responsible to create a “starter kit” for the next one to join
  21. 21. VP SEO at TripAdvisor
  22. 22. Onboarding process for Google’s building blocks
  23. 23. Scaling your DNA
  24. 24. Scheduling time for non-urgent tasks https://medium.com/life-at-obvious/3231f644a8b1
  25. 25. “ One day I will work for a company that does something like this. ”
  26. 26. https://github.com/EverythingMe/redash
  27. 27. http://randsinrepose.com/archives/bored-people-quit/
  28. 28. Junior Engineers Practice, practice, practice Experienced Engineers Practice, lead, build trust Veteran Engineers Become an expert or pivot (+mentor as a Bar Raiser)
  29. 29. photo credit bennylin0724
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