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13th ebay Tech Talk: Development at ebay Germany: The Big going Small

We like to invite you to the 13th ebay Tech Talk. This time, we will have two presentations, the first about "Portfolio Kanban - How eBay Kleinanzeigen builds products"  and the second about Continuous Delivery at "Implemented in the Morning, Released at Noon: Culture Change at". Each talk will take 30 minutes. Some food and drinks will be provided.

Portfolio Kanban – How eBay Kleinanzeigen builds products

Olaf Zschiedrich

Agile development practices like Scrum or Kanban are widely adopted nowadays. Most of the times the agile journey starts in the development department. Too often this is also where it ends and the rest of the organizations continues to live in a top-down, quarterly planned and delivery-oriented world thinking in fixed deadlines. This cultural discrepancy leads to serious misunderstandings with other departments like business development, customer support or the higher management. Becoming a real agile-driven, lean and learning organization is not easy, requires a shift in mindset and needs to involve everybody in the organization. This talk is about the current approach to product development at eBay Kleinanzeigen and how epic-driven Portfolio Kanban helps to foster cross-functional collaboration, improve transparency and establish a validated learning mindset.

Olaf joined eBay 6 years ago. Within eBay he worked for and Kijiji before becoming CTO & Head of Product for eBay Kleinanzeigen. He has a passion for agile software development and lean practices with the goal to quickly deliver valuable software to end-users.

Implemented in the Morning, Released at Noon: Culture Change at

Benjamin Eckart, Ralf Tomczak

At, we left Scrum behind us and introduced a continuous delivery process based on Kanban. Today, independent teams do more than ten releases a day. This allows us to evaluate new functions and get user feedback quickly. In our talk, we present the cultural change for development, quality assurance and site operations that where necessary to switch from four week release cycles to multiple daily releases.

Benjamin Eckart has been working for since 2012 as a software engineer. Since August 2013, he is the technical lead for Trust and Safety at At, we develop high traffic web applications with up to 2000 requests per second.

Ralf Tomczak has worked for for eight years. He leads the technology team and is responsible for the development of the platform as well as applications and tools. is a subsidiary of eBay Inc. and Germany’s biggest online vehicle marketplace.

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  • Ender Ö.

    Worthwhile and fun, thank you very much.

    February 14, 2014

  • RebeccaAmir

    One of the best so far.

    February 14, 2014

  • Christian S.

    Great stuff. Thanks a lot!

    February 14, 2014

  • Gregor B.

    Great talk! Thank you very much.

    February 14, 2014

  • Thomas F.

    Thanks to Oliver, Benjamin and Ralf for the update to the state the art of agile developing!

    February 14, 2014

  • Silver S.

    Thorough and interesting

    February 14, 2014

  • Fábio O.

    Very insightful and clear.

    February 14, 2014

  • Gábor M.

    Thanks for the talk. It was epic. ;)

    February 14, 2014

  • Bar S.

    Hi all, I'll be an hour late to the meetup. looking forward to meet you all. Bar

    February 13, 2014

  • aaron w.

    i'm off to see Maximo Park tonight. Another free spot for someone

    February 13, 2014

  • Andreas K.


    January 24, 2014

  • Robert T.

    Bin gespannt

    January 24, 2014

  • Bartosz H.

    I would totally go but I will be on vacations then, unfortunatelly :(. Will there be some recording of this event available online later?

    1 · January 24, 2014

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