Applying Lean Startup Principles at Enterprise Scale at PayPal

Applying Lean Startup Principles at Enterprise Scale


How do you take a gigantic organization like PayPal that was entrenched in a culture of a ""long shelf life"" and transform it to a culture of rapid experimentation? Bill will give 3 principles applied to PayPal engineering to make it a full partner with Lean UX. This will be illustrated by showing how they re-factored the tech stack and changed the way engineers work in Lean streams with design & product partners and how it plays with agile.

As a backdrop Bill will discuss several historical factors in the field of software engineering that are antithetical to the Lean Startup mindset but still find their way into most large enterprises. By understanding this historical context and applying lean principles he will demonstrate how a lean transformation can take place in any enterprise.

Speaker Bio: Bill Scott

Bill has always been passionate about software engineering (30 years). And just as passionate to understand how humans interact with software. For a long time he couldn't decide if he was an engineer or a designer. He finally gave up trying to classify himself and just decided to live in both worlds as much as possible.


Bill is currently leading UI Engineering at PayPal. Previously he did the same at Netflix and Meebo (where he also led user experience). He is co-author of the O'Reilly book Designing Web Interfaces and a regular conference/workshop speaker on topics on all aspects of design & engineering. Previously he has consulted for startups and fortune 500 companies, co-wrote one of the first JavaScript Ajax libraries, launched the design pattern library at Yahoo! and wrote one of the first games for the Macintosh in 1985.
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  • John D.

    A very interesting and engaging evening. As an HR/OD consultant, I particularly appreciated Bill's sharing insights into the people, management and leadership issues and opportunities he encountered at Yahoo!, Netflix, Meebo, and PayPal. It really enriched the evening. Thanks, Bill!

    August 21, 2013

  • Craig

    Congratulations to David and the organizing team for arranging yet another powerful presentation and Q&A. Bill's candor and focus (and engineering chops!) came across in a clear message on how to deliver game-changing value quickly while being refreshingly un-enamored of methodology/terminology.

    August 21, 2013

  • Marian S.

    I was quite impressed with Bill's presentation last night he did an excellent job sharing the humor, pluses and challenges of a HUGE cultural shift at PayPal. Not trivial and still on-going. Good Q&A afterwards.

    August 21, 2013

  • Gildas L.

    Inspiring. A real show case on how things are possible. Bill clearly presented his experience and thoughts on key successful Agile ingredients.

    August 21, 2013

  • Randall T.

    I have never been disappointed at an ALN event, and this one was no exception. Bill, with humor and a clear delivery style, described lessons learned and progressive innovation in the technical and cultural aspects of Agile implementation through the experience of two well known Silicon Valley companies.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Inspiring stories from the front of the new wave of organization. Integrated with customers, cross-functional, speedy delivery. Learning loops in place everywhere. Buy-in at all levels, especially at the top. Brings me hope for the enterprise! Thanks Bill!

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Bill Rocks. The delivery is just so digestible, and it covers a broad spectrum of what's involved in transforming a company.

    Added content since the last time I'd seen it, too. (and now, I think I get what {dust} is.)

    August 20, 2013

  • Roy C.

    Awesome and inspiring and informative!

    August 20, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Everyone wants to see the slide deck! And here it is: http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/billwscott/8-principles-for-enabling-buildmeasurelearn-lean-engineering-in-action

    Be sure to check out Bill's slideshare profile, tons of stuff there :)

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • WIL P.

    Just cannot attend, to my chagrin. Will there be a recording to view offline?

    August 20, 2013

  • Catherine D.

    Need to work late to finish a deliverable & can't make it today. Have a great meeting.

    August 20, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Logistics fail! Purchase of new car not progressing as fast as I hoped, so there's no chance I can make it up from the South Bay. Have a great Meet-up!

    August 20, 2013

  • Debbie B.

    I am going.

    August 19, 2013

  • Erik-Paul G.

    Won't attend meet ups at mulesoft as long as they require a blanket NDA...

    July 15, 2013

  • Dr. Sam S.

    would love to attend the event!!

    June 16, 2013

  • David B.

    This is a good one I've seen it before I think :)

    June 14, 2013

  • Mark M.

    How do you apply Scrum to offshore development organizations with multiple teams?

    May 29, 2013

  • WIL P.

    Looking for practice on applying lean startup in the enterprise

    May 26, 2013

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