THE EVOLUTION OF A DEVELOPMENT TEAM WITH JOHN BOXALL FROM MOBIFY

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Published on March 10, 2014

Author: CodeCore

Source: slideshare.net

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John Boxall did a presentation at CodeCore on the evolution of his Mobify development team from 2007-2014. Mobify is an open platform to adapt any website for mobile devices: smartphones, tablets and more.

John is CTO of Mobify, a company he helped co-found with Igor Faletski and Peter McLachlan in 2007. A client-side web technologist, John is focused on building Mobify’s technology to deliver fast, reliable and future-proof solutions to our multi-channel customers and partners.

# Scaling Development Teams ## CoreCore Feb 26th, 2014 John Boxall, CTO Mobify @johnboxall > Developer Dynos > > 0 1 * > ^-|---------------------^ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Scaling Development Teams GOAL: Provide value to the customer faster. * Scaling systems * Vertically scaling yourself * Horizontally scaling to your first hire - Recruiting - Ramping up your first hire * Horizontally scaling to to a team -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Vertical System Scaling * Scale with a better nodes. > o => O + Handle more operations + No additional complexity + No new processes - There is a ceiling to how far you can scale a node - A low number of nodes comes with a risky bus factor -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Horizontal System Scaling * Scale with more nodes. > o => o - o + Handle more operations + Redundancy - Additional nodes add complexity -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Vertically Scaling Yourself * Who are you? Technical co founder, technical hire #1, lead developer on a team.

> "I'm starting with the man in the mirror ♫" MJ. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Vertically Scaling Yourself * Visualize how you want things to be better two years from now. * Write down how things need to change to get there. * What is the most important thing you could do in the next 90 days (7 weeks) to get where you are going? * Write it down. Let's call it a "Goal". > Special Tip! < Investing time in creating goals or planning is a key to empowering your first hires! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Vertically Scaling Yourself * Get a coach. Get a mentor. * Celebrate wins. * Limit distractions. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Horizontally Scaling to the First Hire * Build you network * Get referrals * Finding the right person * Closing -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Networking to Find the First Hire Networking Playbook: * Attend * Be a connector * Present what you are working on -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Asking for Referrals Obligatory slide to remember to talk about how important referrals are. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Finding the right person * Know what you are looking for * T-shaped people * Ensure folks have a minimum breadth * Dive into where they are deep * Trust your gut * Don't leave people hanging

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Closing the first hire -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Horizontal Scaling - The new hire! * Get to the point where you can give the new hire one of your goals say "Get this done in a way that makes sense for the company." > o => o - o -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Horizontal Scaling * Environment - Minimize drift * Development - Code review * Acceptance - Test and automate * Release - One click deploys reduce stress of shipping -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Scaling past the First Hire * Vertically scale your first hire by involving them in hiring #2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Growing the Team - Horizontal Scaling * Development Process * Standardize Tooling * Teams -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Bigger Teams - Horizontal Scaling * Customer and stakeholder feedback * Working with designers * Effective collaboration * Ownership * Loosely coupled, modular systems -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Scaling Development Teams GOAL: Provide value to the customer faster. * Scaling systems * Vertically scaling yourself * Horizontally scaling to your first hire - Recruiting - Ramping up your first hire * Horizontally scaling to to a team

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Scaling Development Teams * As you iterate on your software, iterate on your process * Favour small changes, easy to roll out, easy to roll back * Favour experimentation over argument -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scaling dev teams is sort of like scaling systems. Favour vertical in the short term but have a plan to go horizontally _______ _______ _______ _______ __ __ _______ __ |_ _| | | _ | | | |/ | __| | | | | | | | <|__ |__| |___| |___|___|___|___|__|____|__|__|_______|__|

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