O slideshow foi denunciado.
Utilizamos seu perfil e dados de atividades no LinkedIn para personalizar e exibir anúncios mais relevantes. Altere suas preferências de anúncios quando desejar.
Moving Towards Structure 
Camille Fournier 
CTO, Rent the Runway 
@skamille
My Story 
• Grew Rent the Runway’s engineering team 
from ~12 to 55 and counting
My Organizational Goals 
• To create a relatively meritocratic 
environment 
• To limit bias 
• To develop the leadership ...
Flat 
• We start flat, except of course for “the 
founders” or perhaps “the executives” 
• First you have 3 directs 
• The...
Time to add some structure! 
• Maybe I’ll hire a VP of Engineering!
How about a Tech Lead? 
• Great I’ll take my most senior/favorite dev and 
make them “Tech Lead” of some of the 
software
Perhaps a Director of Engineering 
• Not quite VP, not quite Tech Lead
Either way, your flat is dead 
• It was never true anyway, so it’s probably for 
the best
What does this new leader DO? 
• They make my life easier, of course!
No, really 
• I dunno. They handle… 
– Project Management! 
– People Management for part of the team! 
– All Management so...
If you don’t know, you’re set up to fail 
• Inevitably, this person is going to not read 
your mind exactly the way you wi...
“They’ll define the role themselves!” 
• If you hire someone who has done this job 
before and you have a shared context, ...
A bad, but common, case 
• HR hires people with random titles based on 
what you said you needed to hire 
• “Frontend Engi...
Creating Clarity 
The minute you create hierarchy, you 
need clarity
The Engineer Ladder: What 
• The list of job levels and the description of 
what goes in each of those levels 
• BEST PRAC...
The Engineering Ladder: Why 
• Gives you a framework for hiring, paying, 
promoting 
• Forces you to become more clear in ...
Creating an Engineering Ladder 
• Step 1: Ask your friends for theirs 
– Step 0: Make friends with people who have teams 
...
I really don’t want to do this 
Why not?
I’m afraid everyone will be clamoring 
for titles 
• They probably will when you roll this out BUT 
• This gives you the c...
Expect some anxiety 
• Ladder rollouts do generate anxiety around 
upward mobility 
• On the flip side, with no ladder, pe...
I’m afraid people will think they should 
be promoted who aren’t ready 
• Well then, that is why you need to be very 
clea...
I’m afraid titles will cause us to lose 
voices of others 
• It takes more than “no titles” to ensure that 
voices are act...
There are more paths to excellence 
than climbing a ladder! 
• True! And a ladder doesn’t take the place of 
other trainin...
Premature optimization! 
• True. You probably don’t need to do this when 
you have only 1 non-founder/executive 
“leader” ...
Your vibe is a function of your company values and culture 
Do you know what your company values are? 
It is very possible...
I’m the CTO, this isn’t my job! 
• Like hell it isn’t 
• If you are very lucky, you might find a VPE to 
do this for you 
...
Conclusion 
• Clarity Clarity Clarity 
• Clarity
Próximos SlideShares
Carregando em…5
×

How to go from structureless to structured without losing your vibe

27.969 visualizações

Publicada em

Lessons on creating an engineering ladder

  • Did You Get Dumped? Do you still want her back? If you act now, I can help you. ▲▲▲ http://ow.ly/mOLD301xGxr
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui
  • DOWNLOAD FULL BOOKS, INTO AVAILABLE FORMAT ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. PDF EBOOK here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. EPUB Ebook here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. doc Ebook here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. PDF EBOOK here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. EPUB Ebook here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... 1.DOWNLOAD FULL. doc Ebook here { https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqquc } ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .............. Browse by Genre Available eBooks ......................................................................................................................... Art, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christian, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Crime, Ebooks, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor And Comedy, Manga, Memoir, Music, Mystery, Non Fiction, Paranormal, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Suspense, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult,
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui
  • How to use "The Scrambler" ot get a girl obsessed with BANGING you... ▲▲▲ https://tinyurl.com/y52uv4vq
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui
  • Nice !! Download 100 % Free Ebooks, PPts, Study Notes, Novels, etc @ https://www.ThesisScientist.com
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui
  • Hello! Get Your Professional Job-Winning Resume Here - Check our website! https://vk.cc/818RFv
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui

How to go from structureless to structured without losing your vibe

  1. Moving Towards Structure Camille Fournier CTO, Rent the Runway @skamille
  2. My Story • Grew Rent the Runway’s engineering team from ~12 to 55 and counting
  3. My Organizational Goals • To create a relatively meritocratic environment • To limit bias • To develop the leadership talent on my team • To hire a diverse workforce
  4. Flat • We start flat, except of course for “the founders” or perhaps “the executives” • First you have 3 directs • Then 5 • Then 10 • Then… you start to break down
  5. Time to add some structure! • Maybe I’ll hire a VP of Engineering!
  6. How about a Tech Lead? • Great I’ll take my most senior/favorite dev and make them “Tech Lead” of some of the software
  7. Perhaps a Director of Engineering • Not quite VP, not quite Tech Lead
  8. Either way, your flat is dead • It was never true anyway, so it’s probably for the best
  9. What does this new leader DO? • They make my life easier, of course!
  10. No, really • I dunno. They handle… – Project Management! – People Management for part of the team! – All Management so I don’t have to! – Architecture!
  11. If you don’t know, you’re set up to fail • Inevitably, this person is going to not read your mind exactly the way you wish they did • How do you know whether they’re incompetent or just confused? • How do you hold them accountable when you don’t know what they’re SUPPOSED to be doing?
  12. “They’ll define the role themselves!” • If you hire someone who has done this job before and you have a shared context, that might be ok – IE, you both worked for Google, and you hired a senior manager at Google to be a Director of Engineering
  13. A bad, but common, case • HR hires people with random titles based on what you said you needed to hire • “Frontend Engineer” • “Lead DevOps” • “iOS Specialist” • Pay people directly based on experience and whatever HR magic formula
  14. Creating Clarity The minute you create hierarchy, you need clarity
  15. The Engineer Ladder: What • The list of job levels and the description of what goes in each of those levels • BEST PRACTICE: Above Senior Engineer, has a separate path for “Manager” vs “Individual Contributor” • A device to create clarity on your team and, if done well, limit bias
  16. The Engineering Ladder: Why • Gives you a framework for hiring, paying, promoting • Forces you to become more clear in what you expect from people • Forces you to push that clarity into your hiring process and possibly hire better • Gives your team a growth path that helps them imagine their future with you
  17. Creating an Engineering Ladder • Step 1: Ask your friends for theirs – Step 0: Make friends with people who have teams big enough to justify a ladder • Step 2: Be realistic about how it applies to your team – You may not need all the levels. You may need more levels. • Write it up. Get feedback. Rewrite it. • Share it.
  18. I really don’t want to do this Why not?
  19. I’m afraid everyone will be clamoring for titles • They probably will when you roll this out BUT • This gives you the chance to make it clear to them what success looks like! • Give them something to work towards! • Give you both a framework for talking about how they are succeeding and how they are not
  20. Expect some anxiety • Ladder rollouts do generate anxiety around upward mobility • On the flip side, with no ladder, people that care about upward mobility leave for a better title elsewhere
  21. I’m afraid people will think they should be promoted who aren’t ready • Well then, that is why you need to be very clear about what you expect at each level • People will want to be promoted with or without a ladder, if you have any sort of leadership • They’ll also want bigger pay, more options, bigger projects • How do you determine who gets what?
  22. I’m afraid titles will cause us to lose voices of others • It takes more than “no titles” to ensure that voices are actually heard
  23. There are more paths to excellence than climbing a ladder! • True! And a ladder doesn’t take the place of other training • Embrace add-ons, badges, specialties
  24. Premature optimization! • True. You probably don’t need to do this when you have only 1 non-founder/executive “leader” • But the minute you need 2…
  25. Your vibe is a function of your company values and culture Do you know what your company values are? It is very possible to design a ladder to reflect and reward those values WHAT ABOUT MY VIBE?
  26. I’m the CTO, this isn’t my job! • Like hell it isn’t • If you are very lucky, you might find a VPE to do this for you – I would not hold my breath • This isn’t rocket science. If you can architect a system, you can architect a team.
  27. Conclusion • Clarity Clarity Clarity • Clarity

×