From four to forty in four years - trials and tribulations of growing a team


Rich worked together with the team at PureGym between 2016 to 2020.

During that time Rich was directly involved in helping the team navigate the process of scaling up to 16 people, scaling back down to 8 people until eventually growing to its current size of 40 people.

This talk is a journey through that time period and will touch on the various approaches taken including topics such as "Agile", Scrum, Lean, Kanban, GIST planning, Lean Startup, DevOps, IaC, Azure, Story Mapping, BDD, TDD, Project vs Product and we'll be looking at the successes, failures and lessons learned.

We'll also look at how the team dynamic shifted and what structures and interaction models were chosen. We will discuss what, in Rich's opinion, has worked well and what hasn't worked well during that time.

No doubt you will walk away from this session with a long list of books to read and hopefully some insights into whether you might want to try some of the approaches discussed during the talk.