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Managing application performance is a huge challenge for most engineering organizations. The most difficult questions we have to answer often only indirectly related to shortening the critical path. How do you align stakeholders with competing priorities and agendas? How do you drum up interest, persuade your best engineers to focus on performance, and keep the team motivated? How should the the team be positioned within the larger organization? Where do you even start? You can't find good answers to any of those questions with a simple web search.
In this talk, Kwame Thomison shares tips for creating a perf team with a clear, compelling mission, a few frameworks he’s devised for thinking about web performance, and some of the lessons he’s learned working on perf teams at companies like Meebo, Facebook, and Asana.