Presentation: Inside Job: How to Build Great Teams Within a Legacy Organization?

Track: Building High-Performing Teams

Location: Empire Complex, 7th fl.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Wednesday

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What would you do to help create modern, successful teams, within a legacy organization?

Meetup is a company that achieved success a decade ago. Profitable, international, influential, and helping people connect every day. But today’s marketplace is not the same as it was then, and the company is working to meet the challenges of a much more competitive field. In order to do this, we’ve got to be able to learn, build, and release more quickly than ever. How do you build a high performing team in a company that’s comfortable just the way things are?

Francisco and Zoe are building exactly that kind of team at Meetup. In this talk, they will discuss their approach to building a sustainable, value-driven product team: up skilling engineers, collaborating with other disciplines, building better culture, creating technological independence, and moving from top-down project management to self-organizing teams. 

We will discuss the challenges of changing an established company, how we have thought about it, failed and learned while doing it.

Speaker: Francisco Trindade

Engineering Director @Meetup

Francisco is an Engineering Director at in NY, who are helping people change their lives through meaningful IRL connections. With more than 15 years working across different roles in the software industry, Francisco has spent most of his career with ThoughtWorks, helping teams deliver better software in small to large organisations in US, Europe, Australia and South America. Francisco is passionate about problem solving, continuous improvement, helping and leading technology companies to deliver results.

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Speaker: Zoe Gagnon

Engineering Manager @Meetup

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