Engineering Leadership SIG: Enterprise or Internet Consumer – You Still Gotta Ship Stuff



  • Topic: Enterprise or Internet Consumer – You Still Gotta Ship Stuff! Elements of a Highly Effective Engineering Organization


    Presenter: Todd McKinnon, Founder and Principal, Project SaaSure

    Description: After nearly 6 years leading engineering at business internet company, Todd had the unique opportunity to embed on a consulting assignment with a highly successful (and well-known) consumer internet company.  The similarities and differences were interesting and surprising.

    Based on this experience, Todd will present what he’s come to see as the most important elements of a highly effective engineering organization.

    About the Speaker

    Todd McKinnon - Todd’s experience focuses on software development and design of web-scale services. From 1995 to 2003, Todd worked at PeopleSoft in the PeopleTools group building the underlying platform for the PeopleSoft applications. He worked as an engineer, technical lead and engineering manager for various areas of the product.

    From 2003 to 2009, Todd worked at where he served as overall head of the engineering, user interface design, documentation and localization teams. Under Todd's leadership, the team grew from 15 to over 250 people while the service grew from 3 million to over 150 million transactions per day with industry leading performance and reliability.

    In early 2009, Todd started Project SaaSure to answer a simple question: "Why aren't more companies taking advantage of the power, efficiency and flexibility of cloud-based services to run their businesses?"  The answers led to our innovative products and technology that transform various web applications into an intelligent, integrated Cloud Area Network.

    Todd earned a BS in Business from Brigham Young University and an MS in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

    Todd currently serves on the Board of Directors of Family House, a not-for-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital.

    Snack and Beverage Sponsor:
    Scrappy Kimberly Wiefling and Wiefling Consulting, LLC,
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    Building D
    Southern Cross Room
    3410 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30pm - 7:00pm - Registration
    7:00pm - 8:30pm - Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members

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