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Wednesday, November 6 • 10:00am - 10:50am
PRO WORKSHOP: Building Engineering Teams That Last

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As companies rapidly mature from early stage to growth phase, they must attract and retain talent to stay competitive. However, as smaller teams morph into larger, more layered divisions, they not only change size – their structure evolves. But these growing teams often add rules, managers, meetings, processes, and policies, all aimed at preventing mistakes rather than capturing the best outcomes.

Will Ballard, CTO of GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), has first-hand experience on building engaged engineering and IT teams in fast-growth companies. Shaped by Will’s philosophy of culture-building as career development, the tech organization at GLG has seen a remarkable <1% turnover while doubling in size.

Join Will in this session for his insights on how to develop teams with retained, productive, and empowered employees. Attendees will learn how to prioritize freedom, responsibility, and self-directed development among line managers and direct reports, by removing constraints, eliminating schedules, and removing the middleman between engineers and customers. With nearly 20 years’ experience as a tech executive, Will offers a seasoned perspective and practical takeaways grounded in best practices.

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Will Ballard

Chief Technology Officer, Gerson Lehrman Group
Will Ballard serves as Chief Technology Officer at GLG. Based in Austin, TX, Will is responsible for the company’s global engineering and IT organizations, which impact more than 2,000 employees in 12 different countries worldwide. GLG is the world’s leading B2B knowledge marketplace... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
DevLead Stage