location_city Brisbane schedule Dec 2nd 09:35 - 10:05 AM AEST place Grand Ball Room 1

At Octopus we are dedicating about 50% of our revenue to R&D. This is a big bet, and as the VP of Engineering, my goal is to tip the odds in our favour by building a world-class product development team.

In this talk, I will describe what a world-class product development team looks like from our perspective. I will explore some of the cultures and practices we have adopted, along with the under-corrections and over-corrections we made along the way. If you are responsible for a development team of 10-50, this talk will have something practical you can take back home to help your team.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

What can you do with a world-class engineering team?

What does a world-class engineering team look like?

  • It is aligned with the goals of the business
  • It ships valuable and high-quality software on a reliable cadence
  • It plans for the future and grows healthily
  • It has a self-correcting feedback culture geared towards high performance
  • It encourages innovation

Learning Outcome

Take home one of the lessons we learned during our growth journey from one to fifty employees.

Target Audience

Engineering Leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees



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