Things weren’t working out at LeaseWeb, a large hosting company with 350 employees, about 100 of them engineers. The company had a very un-transparent engineering department that met no deadlines and only worked on projects that were disconnected from the business needs made up of unhappy and unempowered employees working for whoever screamed the loudest.
As a result, LeaseWeb has started a transition toward a more Agile and empowered engineering culture. Arnoud Vermeer offers a summary of things LeaseWeb did to foster the change, the impact they had, and lessons learned along the way. Arnoud introduces the cultural transition LeaseWeb started before moving on to the goals LeaseWeb set and the processes and tools it put in place to realize them. These goals include:
These practical examples will give you ideas to improve your own way of working.
Arnoud Vermeer has worked at the web-scale startups Square and Tumblr. He joined LeaseWeb to help the company automate its infrastructure so that it can scale faster to sustain its growth rate.
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