Making Engineering Team Communication Clearer, Faster, Better
That’s the size things start to go sideways on a startup engineering team, according to Derek Parham, former Deputy CTO for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. A new engineer will change the code and break something because they don’t know the context that came before; engineers will overlap, working on similar problems without realizing it; and significant time (particularly for the senior engineers untangling the mess) will be wasted.
“Engineering teams fall into unhealthy patterns due to the team growing in size and products growing in scope,” Parham says. “It’s like when you grow out of your clothes as a kid. You don't wake up one day and suddenly your shoes are too small. It’s a slow creeping, inconsequential pain until you realize, ‘Something has to change.’”