Every person is an individual and every team is unique. There is no secret sauce or set formula to follow when trying to build a successful team. You need to forge your own path and build your own culture, but you can learn a lot about approaches to try, and pitfalls to avoid, from the experiences of those who have spent time on the wild rollercoaster ride that is scaling a fast-growing software engineering team.
In this talk Olly will uncover some of the lessons he's learned while overseeing the growth of the FreeAgent engineering team from 1 to 75 developers and managers over the past 12 years.
Olly is a co-founder and CTO of FreeAgent, a leading UK-based SaaS accounting platform which was acquired in 2018 by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Having worked in software development roles since the mid-90s, Olly has experience across a wide variety of industries, from video games to radio stations to hedge funds.
Since co-founding FreeAgent in 2007, Olly has helped scale the company and its culture to 200 employees and over 85,000 customers. He is passionate about startups, technology and building customer-delighting products. He is also a director and board member of CodeClan, Scotland's award-winning digital skills academy.