Shabbir currently works as a Programme Delivery Lead at YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, leading programmes of work specifically for THE OUTNET and coordinating between teams across different countries. Most recently, he has been involved in major migration and localisation programmes. He is experienced with various agile methodologies, building teams, people management, coaching & mentoring. He also occasionally gives talks at conferences & meetups on agile, delivery and people related topics.
Growing Pains: Attempting to Scale Teams, Maintain Culture & Deliver in an Agile Manner
Over the past three years, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP has experienced exponential growth. The tech teams have grown from 500 strong to 1,000+ and the complexity of work has increased tenfold as the company navigates through the merger as well as natural growth.
The main challenges faced were as follows:
We attempted various different solutions, including looking at some scaled agile frameworks as well as trying our own custom solution. We have made many mistakes along the way and are nowhere near the end of the journey, however we feel we have made enough progress to share with the community.
Rather than just settling for something out there, we ended up decided on a way of working for ourselves which is still evolving. I will share some of the main points in the talk so attendees can have some practical pieces of advice to walk away with, should they face a similar problem.