Laying the Foundations for a Successful Build


Building your own software is definitely an attractive concept. The chance to have control and visibility over your very own product can feel like a no-brainer for the autonomous team that loves a challenge. But with a challenge, comes risk.

From: Thursday, 24 June 2021
To: Thursday, 24 June 2021
9:30 am - 10:00 am Pacific Time

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Your team may well have heard horror stories about what can go wrong if you don’t have the right foundations in place. 

In this panel, we will discuss exactly what needs to be in place to kick-start your building journey – how to identify a common goal,  build your team of experts, and have the right resources in place to make your project a sure-fire success.

Key takeaways

  • Planning structure and scope for a successful build journey
  • Learn to identify and approach risks and opportunities
  • How to mitigate the fall-out if things don’t go as planned
  • Managing a team to build successfully

The Panel

  • Rod Begbie, Engineering Leadership Coach, Best Practicer
  • Reggie Davis, Site Reliability Engineer, Elasticsearch
  • Andrew Fong, CTO, Vise
  • Sophie Roberts, Head of Engineering, Pinterest
  • Jennifer Voss, Director of Engineering, Outside

This panel is part of Build vs Buy month 

Lead Dev has multiple panel discussions throughout June that dive into the ‘build vs buy’ dilemma, to help engineering leaders tackle one of the most common, but tricky, challenges. 

Each panel will bring you learnings and examples that consider not only the risks, costs, and benefits of each decision but also practical insight on how you can set you and your team up for success for both building and buying your perfect solution.

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