location_city Brisbane schedule Dec 2nd 09:35 - 10:05 AM 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


schedule Submitted 11 months ago