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In January 2021, we set out to aggressively scale up the R&D team at Octopus. Starting at 39 people, we set a target of 95 and called ourselves crazy, expecting to achieve something more realistic. By August, we'd done it (whoa!) and are now consolidating this growth into a cohesive high-performance team (the hardest part). In this talk, I will share what we learned along the way; recognising when it's time to grow; setting the best conditions to accommodate growth; tools to help manage growth; mistakes we made and how we corrected on the fly; consolidating and making the growth worthwhile.
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