Laura Thomson – Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

As your team grows and your projects become more complex, you’re going to need a certain amount of process. In this talk Laura will explain how to add enough engineering management to be effective without driving engineers crazy.

Topics include:

  • Basics of chaordic systems (or: how open source projects succeed without project management)
  • Building trust and preserving autonomy
  • Effective communication practices for IRC, email, and bugs
  • The meetings you have to have, and the ones you should avoid
  • Architecture design and problem solving in a less-structured environment
  • Minimum viable documentation
  • Goals, scheduling, and anti-estimation
  • Shipping and managing scope creep and perfectionism
  • How to lead instead of merely managing
  • Emergent process and how to iterate

About Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson is the Director of Engineering, Cloud Services Engineering and Operations at Mozilla, where she leads engineering teams responsible for the development, operations, quality assurance, and security of Mozilla web applications and cloud services. She has been in various engineering roles at Mozilla for the last seven years, and previously worked in jobs including Principal/VP at OmniTI, web developer, consultant, and computer science academic. Nagios sends her more email than her friends do, and she spends more time looking at graphs than pictures of her family. She has written several books on various Open Source technologies, and is trying to speak at fewer conferences. Laura lives with her family on a rustic horse farm in Maryland, where she relaxes by indulging in manual labor and other rural pursuits.


Can't join us in person? This event will be streamed at 7pm Eastern.

Event Details

Monday, Jul 6, 2015

6:30-7:00 pm: Registration
7:00-8:00 pm: Presentation
8:00-9:00 pm: Social Hour

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