Engineering Your Organization: Platforms, Services, and Communities

Every organization beyond a certain size is a complex adaptive system, where certain teams are responsible for particular well-defined areas of work (specialization), and other teams leverage that work (sharing).  

This session discusses the different ways high-performing engineering organizations gain leverage by specialization and sharing, along with the tradeoffs that come with them. With a common platform (or platforms), organizations can share foundational capabilities and take advantage of platform and infrastructure skillsets. With common services, organizations can effectively divide work and expertise by domain. With common communities, organizations can share ideas, practices, idioms, and -- above all -- camaraderie.  

We will use specific examples from Google, eBay, Stitch Fix, and a host of other places to help derive patterns for engineering your organization to help achieve customer and business outcomes. You will take away actionable insights you can apply in your own organization.


Randy Shoup

VP Engineering and Chief Architect @eBay
Randy has spent more than two decades building distributed systems and high performing teams, and has worked as a senior technology leader at eBay, Google, and Stitch Fix. He coaches CTOs, advises companies, and generally makes a nuisance of himself wherever possible. He is currently VP... Read more Find Randy Shoup at:

Wednesday May 26 / 11:10AM EDT (40 minutes)

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