Nivia is a technologist with over 20 years of engineering and leadership experience.
Her career path has included nearly every role in tech; but her true passion is inspiring people to do their best work. These days Nivia applies her talents as Director of Engineering for Spotify's new music team, tasked with bringing enriching artist expression tools and experiences to Spotify.
Nivia gives back to the tech community by speaking at, chairing and attending tech conferences. Her hobbies include: mentoring Black engineering leaders; reading; and relaxing on her farm with her hubby Andre and their feline overlord Zuko.
You can find her on Twitter as @lanooba or on LinkedIn.
Conways Law - the concept that your product resembles your org structure - is a double-edged sword. If your organization is intentionally structured to optimize your strengths, it’s great!
However, oftentimes organizations are the result of unintentional design, leading to accidental complexity and inability to maximize results. Even when organizations are intentionally designed, they can optimize the wrong things - such as command and control - leading to clunky outcomes. Why does this happen? Is it preventable? How can you tell if this is happening in your organization?!
The short answer is: YES!
In my current role as the Director of Engineering for our billion-dollar ads business, I and my team have been given the unique opportunity to redesign our organization for speed, collaboration and results.
We decided to put our principles into practice by using two system design principles to organize our 100-person team who support our hundreds of components:
Join me to discuss this real-world case and how it fared!