Meetup @ QConNewYork - What Google Learned about Creating Effective Teams

Jun 26, 2017 · New York, United States of America

NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION:   Marriot Marquis.   This month we are partnering with, and having a session in one of the evenings of the conference.  

NY Times Article - What Google Learned In Its Quest To Build A Perfect Team

Matt will give a shorter version of his QCon keynote about building effective team, but will follow up with an in-depth discussion and Q&A.  

Over the years, researchers have conducted numerous studies on team dynamics. At Google, our People Analytics sought to identify those attributes that set effective teams apart from ineffective ones. The driver was that while so much of work at Google is done on teams, Googlers are rated individually; there was a gap. We felt that if we could distinguish the good from the bad, we could embark on a program to improve.

We made some surprising discoveries; many of our "common sense" initial assumptions were unfounded. We also learned that team dynamics can be surprisingly elusive to implement, even when one knows what the success criteria are. This talk addresses not only the research, but the insights of a manager who worked with his own team and others, to instill the findings and principles in the real world, along with key insights from the Pilot program at Google.

Matt Sakaguchi (

Matt leads a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team of 10 in San Francisco. Matt's team is one of many in Corporate Engineering SRE whose mission is to enable all Google employees to be the most effective workforce in the world, by providing robust infrastructure, scalable services, and seamless access to all the tools they need to be productive. Previously, he was the Technical Lead (TL) for Postini-SRE for several years. Prior to Google, Matt was a Systems Administrator, Network Operations Center (NOC) Manager, and Site Operations Manager for and other Tech companies. Before joining the Tech Industry, Matt was a full time police officer for 8 years; duties included: patrol, detectives, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), Firearms Instructor, SWAT team, and Special Investigations team (evidence collection).

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