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Shaping up engineering at Octopus Deploy (EU)
Octopus has grown considerably over the last few years, as we have gone from 10 Australians in 2015 to almost 100 in 2020 across the world as we’ve brought a European and a US team on-board. This growth was not without its problems.

As our engineering team grew, we expected that our output and new features would increase along with the team. The reality was that as we added engineers and released more complex features it was actually the opposite of what we expected.

We are not the first technology company to experience these problems and they have been observed at Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many other large Technical companies. As teams and the complexity of features grow over time, the output slowed down.

In the middle of 2019, not long after we released Spaces we started looking at and adopting the Basecamp Shape-Up model, and this helped give us more focussed development time, removing interruptions, giving us more time to scope features upfront, and increasing our feature releases considerably.

In this webinar, join our product, engineering, and customer advisory leads as they discuss the problems we experienced, what we did to overcome them, and how development and releases are managed at Octopus Deploy.

What you'll learn:
- The problems our engineering team faced as we grew.
- How we adopted Basecamp's Shape-up development methodology to improve how development and releases are managed at Octopus.
- Lessons learned as we tried to improve how we shipped software.

There is a US version of this webinar on the 17th of December and you can sign-up for this at https://octopus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xnDWdhevS4SKD2NxTTVZQw

Dec 16, 2020 02:00 PM in Universal Time UTC

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Bob Walker
VP of Advisory @Octopus Deploy
Bob Walker started as a .NET developer back in the days of 1.x when ASP.NET web forms was the hottest new thing. Since that time his passion has expanded from not only writing code to creating a full CI/CD pipeline and adopting DevOps practices. In 2018 he joined Octopus Deploy as a Solutions Architect focused on customer success with how they use Octopus Deploy and is now VP of the Octopus Advisory Team. He is based out of Omaha, Nebraska. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, photography, and spending time with his wife and pets.
Michael Richardson
VP of Product @Octopus Deploy
Michael Richardson is VP of Product at Octopus Deploy. This means he spends much of his time understanding organizations' challenges implementing DevOps, and designing solutions to help. Before joining Octopus he spent over 10 years as a consultant software engineer, mostly in the .NET space. Michael lives in Brisbane Australia with his wife, 3 children, and a black Labrador. When not shaping software you can find him sailing, surfing, or running.
Mike Noonan
VP of Engineering @Octopus Deploy