Evolving Architecture and Organization Together - Lessons from Google and eBay

The “right” architecture and organization depends on the size and scale of your company. The only constant is change, and what works for 5 engineers does not work for 5000. Based upon lessons from Google and eBay, learn how to evolve both technology and organization together successfully.

This presentation is based on many hard-won lessons by the speaker, who led large-scale engineering teams at Google and eBay, but also co-founded a tiny startup and tried (unsuccessfully) to apply the same techniques. This session hopes to help others from making the same mistakes by introducing the concept of “Minimal Viable Architecture”. It outlines the common architectural evolution of a company or project through the search, execution, and scaling phases, and discusses the appropriate technologies, disciplines, and organizational structures at each phase.




Randy Shoup


Randy is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley, and has worked as a senior technology leader and executive at companies ranging from small startups, to mid-sized places, to eBay and Google. Randy is currently VP Engineering at Stitch Fix in San Francisco.

Earlier, Randy was Chief Engineer at eBay for 6 12 years, where he was responsible for multiple generations of eBay’s realtime search infrastructure. He was CTO and co-founder of a startup, and learned just how difficult and different it is to build a company from scratch. He was Director of Engineering at Google for Google App Engine, building and operating the world’s largest platform-as-a-service. He also spent a year and a half applying eBay and Google lessons consulting with startups and large enterprises on how to improve their organizations and technology.

Randy has been speaking about scalability, architecture, and engineering culture since 2006. He is a co-organizer of the QCon family of conferences, and is particularly passionate about the nexus of culture, technology, and organization.