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Inside Job: How to Build Great Teams Within a Legacy Organization?

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Zoe Gagnon, Francisco Trindade discuss their approach to building a sustainable, value-driven product team: up skilling engineers, collaborating with other disciplines, building better culture, creating technological independence, and moving from top-down project management to self-organizing teams. They discuss the challenges of changing an established company, and how they failed while doing it. Filmed at qconnewyork.com.

Francisco Trindade is an Engineering Director at Meetup.com in NY, who are helping people change their lives through meaningful IRL connections. Zoe Gagnon is an Engineering Manager at Meetup.

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Inside Job: How to Build Great Teams Within a Legacy Organization?

  1. 1. Inside Job How to build great teams within a legacy organization?
  2. 2. InfoQ.com: News & Community Site • 750,000 unique visitors/month • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • News 15-20 / week • Articles 3-4 / week • Presentations (videos) 12-15 / week • Interviews 2-3 / week • Books 1 / month Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ build-value-driven-product-team/
  3. 3. Presented at QCon New York www.qconnewyork.com Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide
  4. 4. Idea Software
  5. 5. Not having a sustainable way of working Long projects Lack of trust in software delivery Challenges
  6. 6. __Copy__ & do it better
  7. 7. Zoe Gagnon
  8. 8. Francisco Trindade
  9. 9. Project Teams
  10. 10. Project Teams Legacy Code
  11. 11. Project Teams Legacy Code No Clear Process
  12. 12. Project Teams Legacy Code No Clear Process No Long Term Ownership
  13. 13. Project Teams Legacy Code No Clear Process No Long Term Ownership Lack of Engineering Craft
  14. 14. Processes
  15. 15. Plan Do Check Act
  16. 16. Practices
  17. 17. Engineering Lead Engineering Manager
  18. 18. Engineering Lead
  19. 19. Engineering Lead
  20. 20. Engineering Manager
  21. 21. VS Engineering Manager
  22. 22. Did it work?
  23. 23. Project teams
  24. 24. Deadlines
  25. 25. Deadlines
  26. 26. Product Engineering
  27. 27. Lack of Long Term Ownership
  28. 28. ��
  29. 29. Focus
  30. 30. Separating Team
  31. 31. Blindspots Mastery Cross-Team Non-engineering
  32. 32. Some results Cycle time: 10 Days to 2 Days Engagement: ~30% higher Volatility: 120% to 20%
  33. 33. Lessons It takes a lot of work to get experience You can have a great person coding or leading, but not both
  34. 34. Summary & Takeaways Don’t underestimate skills and experience Waiting to build it on your team can be very Work within your sphere of influence Invest in expanding it People are not afraid of changing They are afraid of change happening to them slow
  35. 35. meetup.com/jobs Thank You! @UnusedPotential @frankmt
  36. 36. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ build-value-driven-product-team/

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