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KEYNOTE: CircleCI -- How to Take Your Engineering Team from Good to Great


Rob Zuber
CircleCI, CTO

Rob Zuber is a 20-year veteran of software startups; a three-time founder, and five-time CTO. Since joining CircleCI, Rob has seen the company through its Series F funding and delivered on product innovation at scale while leading a team of 300+ engineers distributed worldwide.

Before CircleCI, Rob was the CTO and Co-founder of Distiller, a continuous integration and deployment platform for mobile applications acquired by CircleCI in 2014. Before that, he cofounded Copious an online social marketplace. Rob was the CTO and Co-founder of Yoohoot, a technology company that enabled local businesses to connect with nearby consumers acquired by Appconomy in 2011.

Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two children


Airlines have on-time arrival. Retail has sales per square foot. Marketing teams have cost per acquisition. Manufacturing has yield and safety scores. But how do we measure the performance of engineering teams, and why is understanding team performance so important?

If you’ve ever wondered how to solve that nagging feeling of wanting to “improve the team” but not being able to say exactly what that means, or if you know your team is world class and want a way to prove it, this is the talk for you.

In this session, CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber will look at anonymized team data to share insights, behaviors, and metrics that lead teams to both high quality, and high velocity. He’ll share anonymized, aggregate data from millions of builds to show best practices on commits and pull requests, disaster recovery, frequency of deploy, and more.

Key takeaways
- Measuring team performance sounds scary, but it’s really helpful for everyone to see where the opportunities for improvement are, and to foster open discussions about what’s working and what’s not
While velocity is critical, velocity without quality is a recipe for disaster.

- Monitoring consistency metrics like net value score, time to recovery, and transition information can help your team get better at both speed and quality