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Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
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(4.53, 30 ratings)
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As your team grows and your projects become more complex, you’re going to need a certain amount of process. In this talk Laura will explain how to add enough engineering management to be effective without driving engineers crazy.

Laura will discuss:

  • Basics of chaordic systems (or: how open source projects succeed without project management)
  • Building trust and preserving autonomy
  • Effective communication practices for IRC, email, and bugs
  • The meetings you have to have, and the ones you should avoid
  • Architecture design and problem solving in a less-structured environment
  • Minimum viable documentation
  • Goals, scheduling, and anti-estimation
  • Shipping and managing scope creep and perfectionism
  • How to lead instead of merely managing
  • Emergent process and how to iterate

Attendees should leave the session with a plan to optimize their teams for engineer happiness and shipping great code.

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Laura Thomson

Mozilla Corporation

Laura Thomson is an Engineering Manager of Web and Release Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, after spending much of the previous decade as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences world wide.