NCDevCon 2017 Session-How to Run a High Functioning Team

How to Run a High Functioning Team

We're all familiar with the rituals that make up daily life in the software world: standup, backlogs, sprint planning, 1:1s, retros, code review, etc. But even if everyone is following the same general patterns, not all teams are equal. What's the difference between high functioning teams that produce great results quarter after quarter, and teams that miss? In this highly-opinionated talk, I'll share lessons from high functioning organizations like Google and Microsoft, mixed remote and co-present teams, a startup maturing into a public company, and the federal government tech space.

About Nick Heiner

Nick Heiner

Nick is a senior software engineer at the United States Digital Service ( Prior to that, he worked at Opower, Google, and Microsoft, and graduated from Cornell. He has contributed to open source projects like Eslint, Bower, Foundation, and Chai. He writes about technology and politics on Medium (

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