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Function and Dysfunction in Engineering-Driven Cultures

A talk by Shanley Kane at Distill

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August 9, 2013 7:45 AM

The Winery SF, San Francisco, CA

The Winery SF, San Francisco, CA

All companies and all teams have implicit beliefs, unspoken rules, unexamined norms, unsurfaced power structures. These form the basis of your culture and inform how you make technical and business decisions. In this talk, we'll explore a framework for understanding how culture really works in engineering-driven companies. We'll deconstruct what "engineering-driven" means; how power dynamics, mythologies and belief systems drive technology selection; how bias functions in team hiring and growth; and how culture moderates friction and function in other parts of the organization. You'll walk away with a better understanding of culture in engineering-driven organizations, and some ways to help build critical consciousness and healthier patterns in your team and company.

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