26: Optimizing Team Structures


December 7th, 2017

48 mins 22 secs

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About this Episode

Drip successfully sailed through Black Friday and Cyber Monday unscathed with no queue backups or problems. Derrick has been thinking about shifting the Drip team structures after Black Friday weekend and is considering adopting more efficient workflows and processes. Ben and Derrick discuss different team structures, including those at Basecamp and Spotify. They also talk about team size, communication overhead, and growing revenue versus growing team size in business.

Today’s Topics Include:

Drip’s Black Friday success
Team structure and restructuring teams at Drip
Work processes and discussing article Running in Circles by Ryan Singer
Mutable requirements and engineering feedback
Uphill Strategies and task deadlines
Spotify “squads” and team structures
Communication overhead with large teams

Be sure to stick around at the end of the episode for Ben and Derrick’s post-show chat.

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Links and resources:

HQ Trivia App
Running in Circles by Ryan Singer
The 30-Day Code Quality Challenge