Beyond Ping-Pong and Catered Lunches

location_city Sydney schedule Dec 6th 04:30 - 05:00 PM AEDT place The Loft

At SafetyCulture, our culture is foundational to everything we do.

Our engineering team has doubled to 60 in the space of 6 months and continues to grow. Not having a good handle on our culture we’re trying to build or preserve would be like driving a formula one car blindfolded and without a steering wheel. We'd crash and burn.

This talk moves beyond ping-pong tables and catered lunches to get to the core of what makes up a healthy engineering culture, where everyone gets out of bed each day to be a part of something they find meaningful, and accomplish big things as part of a team.

In the talk, we’ll cover what ingredients are essential to a healthy culture, and what that means to the team. Culture doesn’t stand still, so we’ll also cover how to maintain what’s important as the team grows or changes, and how to keep it fresh over the course of time.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Overview of SafetyCulture and the growth
  • What culture means to us
  • How we preserve our culture - practical applications
  • Consequences of neglecting our culture
  • Our key lessons along the way

Learning Outcome

An engineering lead attending this session will take away an impression of the importance of culture in establishing a high performing team, the effort required to maintain a healthy culture, and practical ideas for enhancing their own engineering culture.

Target Audience

Engineering Leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

Understanding some of the challenges of scaling engineering teams would be helpful, but not mandatory.



schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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