7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Onboarding at scale: An engineering problem

Tomer Gabel (Wix)
14:40–15:20 Monday, 7/11/2016
Organizational infrastructure Organizational optimization E104/105/106 Audience level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience or familiarity with the issues of a mid-sized or large organization (beyond Dunbar's number—i.e., in the hundreds or more)

What you'll learn

  • Understand why onboarding is a hard problem to solve
  • Learn how applying your engineering skills can help analyze, design, and implement solutions and how Agile skills can help you learn, iterate, and improve


Of the myriad challenges in scaling up an engineering organization, onboarding new employees is probably the least understood. There are relatively common solutions for large-scale recruitment, finance, and administration, but onboarding remains a question that many organizations struggle with.

Wix Academy, an engineer-driven training organization, has been struggling with massive scaling challenges: over the last two years, headcount has doubled, and the company had to learn to cope with the influx while maintaining velocity. Tomer Gabel explains the onboarding process at Wix during its first year of operation, covering lessons Wix learned and the solutions it developed along the way.

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Tomer Gabel


A programming junkie and computer history aficionado, Tomer Gabel’s been around the block a few times before settling at Wix as a system architect. In the last few years, he’s developed a major crush on Scala, promoting it within the Israeli software industry as part of Java.IL (the Israeli Java user group) and Underscore (the Israeli Scala user group) and organizing the annual Scalapeño conference in Tel Aviv.