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Scaling Engineering at BlaBlaCar @ InfoShare Gdansk 2016

Scaling Engineering at BlaBlaCar @ InfoShare Gdansk 2016

BlaBlaCar is growing fast, so is its Tech department. We face huge challenges, and huge growth. This will be the story of how we got where we are (100+ tech people by May 2016) and what we did to keep the team efficient and happy.

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Christian Jennewein

May 19, 2016
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  1. Scaling Engineering @

  2. @cestcri Christian Jennewein Head of Engineering github.com/cestcri linkedin.com/in/christianjennewein

  3. My story is about … a case study, 1 video

    & 18 animated GIFs • 2012 - today • 3 ◦ Fails ◦ Learnings ◦ successes
  4. BlaBlaCar?!

  5. None
  6. CASE STUDY

  7. 2012 - today

  8. 2012

  9. Perfect world 2012

  10. 2013

  11. Growing team = growing challenges 2013

  12. 2014

  13. Reaching & plateauing at cruising altitude 2014

  14. 2015

  15. Next reorganisation: needed, planned, implemented 2015

  16. 2016

  17. Autonomy scales 2016

  18. 3 fails 3 learnings 3 successes

  19. 3 fails

  20. Weary scrum teams

  21. Weary scrum teams Declining productivity & team morale

  22. Language barrier

  23. Language barrier How to get people to understand each other?

  24. Innovation days

  25. Innovation days How to ensure constant renewal?

  26. 3 learnings

  27. Distance

  28. Distance Reduce it as much as possible

  29. The right people

  30. The right people Keep expectations & entry barrier high

  31. Chapters & Guilds

  32. Chapters & Guilds How to sync dispatched experts?

  33. 3 successes

  34. Team culture

  35. Team culture Define, live & spread

  36. Agile coaches

  37. Agile coaches Building a team of dedicated, full-time coaches

  38. Need of a second engineering hub Geographic scaling

  39. How to keep the team growing? Geographic scaling

  40. To summarise …

  41. We build

  42. We measure

  43. We learn

  44. We repeat

  45. We build. We measure. We learn. We repeat.

  46. Thank you :) Questions ?