Want to scale?
So you have a successful
Company / Startup.
Business is rocketing…
…and Engineering cannot
follow the speed of Business.
You need to scale!
Beware of growing too fast
Worse product because of
Breaking the culture
Cost and complexity
…tips and tricks to stay fit!
Build a strong Hiring pipeline
Formalize the process. Share and involve the whole team.
Empower the Hiring Managers. They are accountable for hiring.
Professionalize hiring: use tools to support it (ATS like Greenhouse)
Understand your current salary bands. Define appropriate hiring bands (also
based on market).
Be visible on the market and in tech community (blog, meetups,
conferences, open-source software).
Measure it and optimize it like a Sales/Marketing funnel
Top of funnel = sourcing
Conversion rate at each step
Closing the deal
Formalize and be disciplined
about on-boarding new hires.
Growing the people
Scaling a team is also about growing the people.
Make sure every individual knows what it means for
them when the team gets bigger:
role, career evolution, opportunities of growth…
Especially if you hire senior people who will come in to manage
the existing teams
Set up a culture of Continuous Learning
Managers in Engineering teams are usually ex-Developers and are not
necessarily trained to manage.
Explicitely train them towards management.
Delegation: it is usually difficult for an ex-developer to release control on some
important pieces of code.
Time organization: it is very hard for a developer to start mixing his time with
Differentiate Management and Leadership: Tech Lead is not People Management.
Invest into improving and scaling your management practices.
Put a special focus on practices that facilitate on-boarding and maintain
Knowing each other (try tools like Personal Maps)
Team Culture (see next slide)
Management by Walking Around
Adding new members to a team can break the spirit of the team.
How do you define your team culture? What are your values?
Define your culture and values together as a team to use it as a
Test for culture fit (which is not incompatible with diversity).
It is also a good opportunity to define team ambitions.
Are your teams happy? Harder to evaluate when you scale, so pay
attention to it.
Split the teams: teams of small teams.
But figure out how to manage dependencies and align teams.
Define the team type that suits your context:
Avoid 100% component teams.
Visualize dependencies: avoid coupled teams.
3 to 9 members in a team
Stable(ish), full-time, colocated
With a mission
A team cannot scale efficiently without strong technical practices.
Think automation and industrialization.
Think autonomy and responsibility.
How do you ensure that when going from a small team to a bigger team you
keep the same level of quality, of speed and reliability.
Systematic code review
Automated tests (unit tests, functional tests,…)
Automated Build & Deploy mechanisms
Start reducing your Technical Debt
In an Agile environment, make sure you have good agile basics and team
structure before scaling.
You need efficient tools (and know how to use them collaboratively).
Minimum would be things like Jira+Confluence, or anything similar.
Documentation: organize your documentation so it can be used easily by
newcomers – reduce your Documentation debt.
When scaling Agile teams, you risk creating silos.
Add a Portfolio vision on top of your Agile teams to keep a high-level company
view and proper prioritization and cross-dependencies management.
Rethink how you slice projects
Scaling needs to happen
at Enterprise level
Stop Starting. Start Finishing.
Enforce cross-team communications.
Scale the Feedback Loop
For instance a monthly team meeting where all the teams share their accomplishments and plans.
Shared Roadmap reviews
Also build opportunities for communication, by mix-and-
matching people from different teams:
Shared tech projects
Shared team initiatives (organization, management, team life…)
Organize regular team buildings and team life events so that
people socialize together: games (Lego4scrum, Marshmallow
challenges,…), meals (team breakfasts, drinks,…)
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