#SaaSBOOMi Build: Building Winning
Teams

#SaaSBOOMi Build: Building Winning
Teams

Abhi Ballabh

 
 
 
 

Aug 1, 2020

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Abhi Ballabh

 
 
 
 

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“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better. ~ Ray Bradbury, from Beyond 1984: The People Machines”
 
 

Here are my list of the top 8 key takeaways
from the session titled — Building Winning
Teams by STS Prasad.

1/8 — Setting the context of the session

 
 
 
The core objective of the session was to deep dive into the minds of a savant engineering leader who built one of the largest SaaS engineering teams. More to understand what goes into building a product-focused team, guiding mental models for decisions, the ideal team structure at scale, hiring hacks for building your engineering leadership.

2/8 The Journey to the future

 
 
 
STS kicked off by painting the journey for all those present. He showed the audience the importance of different engineering motions during the journey of building the company as a function of the SaaS revenue. The groundwork starts as its inception.
 
 
“The mental frameworks, product needs, engineering capabilities & build to scale starts at an early stage when the SaaS startup has proven product-market fit.”
 
 
 

3/8 The daunting present challenges us

team1

Courtesy: The Dilbert by Scott Adams

 
 
 
 
 
“According to STS this status quo is a familiar story at most of the early & mid stage SaaS engineering teams so a self reflection was the first thing STS did to set the stage.”

4/8 Enter culture, committing to the business strategy & looking beyond engineering

4/8 Enter culture, committing to the business strategy & looking beyond engineering

team2

Courtesy: The Dilbert by Scott Adams

 
 
 
team3

Courtesy — Simon Sinek’s Start with the Why

 
 
 
 
 
“According to STS once the team embodies these core cultural tenets, strategy & decision frameworks they are ready for growth.”

5/8 Planning, Sizing & getting the right team mix

 
 
 
 
 
“According to STS one of the key things to look as an engineering leader was be wary of over-specialisation. You need flexibility, ability to wear multiple hats & be thriving amidst change constantly.”

6/8 Hiring for the long term — The Achilles heal

team4

Courtesy: The Dilbert by Scott Adams

 
 
 
 
 
“STS mentioned that optimising for energy, technical curiosity & making sure that soft areas like scalability, performance & infrastructure are also embedded as core non-functional areas should be part of the on boarding, training & code practices.”

7/8 Building the Future — Playbooks for Engineering Leaders

team5

Courtesy — Netflix Dark

 
 
 
 
 
“STS made clear that one of the traits that separates the boys from the men was the innate ability of engineering leaders to coach & be players at the same time.”

8/8 Final Words: Start building your future today

team6

Courtesy — The National Geographic

 
 
 
 
 
“In the words of STS — building engineering teams for the future starts today. Embrace the constraints, coach your engineers & be true to your core product strategy.”
 
 
 
 
 

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