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Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

Managing uncertainty: High-impact engineering without a roadmap

Astrid Atkinson (Google)
11:35am–12:30pm Tuesday, 09/29/2015
Location: Hall B
Average rating: ****.
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Slides:   1-PPTX 

In a rapidly evolving industry, the only thing that’s permanent is the necessity for change. Requirements change, business priorities change, whole industries change – it’s a manager’s job to help teams navigate this uncertainty. How do you maintain enough stability for a team to execute effectively, without stifling innovation? How do you help a stable team seek disruptive change? How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? This session will discuss how to balance creativity, execution and responsiveness in high-impact engineering teams.

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Astrid Atkinson


Astrid Atkinson is director of software engineering at Google, where she leads development frameworks. During her 10+ years at Google, Astrid has built infrastructure and managed a variety of engineering teams and spent more than five years on call for She has led teams across the infrastructure map, from the team responsible for running and building Google’s web-serving layer to App Engine and cloud systems to core search.