Tips and Traps to Measuring Productivity in Engineering Orgs by Maria Latushkin, Andrew Lau, Annie Zhou

What does measuring productivity mean and what does it enable? While many engineers love making data-driven decisions, it’s easy to fall into the trap of over-indexing to a few numbers that only tell a small part of the whole story.

In this session, we’ll explore several different ways engineering teams can effectively measure productivity and some common traps to avoid. We will discuss best practices for illustrating and sharing what we measured to motivate and evaluate the internal team as well as keep upper management and stakeholders informed. Finally, our speakers will share their personal experience on productivity insights during these peculiar pandemic times.

about the speakers

Maria Latushkin

CTO @ Omada Health

Maria Latushkin is responsible for leading the Omadahealth’s technology vision and team. Prior to joining Omadahealth and moving to healthcare space, Maria has spent over 15 years in eCommerce, retail and enterprise SaaS companies ranging from series B startups to large companies, such as Walmart.


Andrew Lau

CEO @ Jellyfish

Andrew Man-Hon Lau is Co-Founder and CEO of Jellyfish, the leading Engineering Management Platform (EMP) that provides complete visibility into engineering organizations, the work they do, and how they operate. Prior to Jellyfish, Andrew was the Chief Strategy Officer for ad-tech leader Nanigans after his social retail-tech company LoopIt was acquired. He also previously helped create companies at Redstar Ventures. Andrew was VP Engineering and founding technology team member of Endeca Technologies, an enterprise search software company that was acquired by Oracle Technologies for over $1B. He also has experience at companies such as Microsoft and IBM. Andrew holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a certified barbecue judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society. He hails from Oakland, CA and is still an avid fan of the Oakland Athletics despite living in Red Sox country for over 20 years. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Elsie and two young children Callie and Mira.


Annie Zhou

Director, Business Platform Engineering @ Square

Annie is a product and engineering leader at Square. She currently supports the business platform engineering group at Square. Annie’s motivation for management comes from her people-focused passion where she loves working with teams to leverage their strengths and stretch their potentials. She enjoys thinking about problems such as building cohesive teams, scaling organizations, and cultivating a collaborative and output-oriented culture. Prior to Square, she’s worked at a number of startups across a spectrum of industries from consumer products to enterprise solutions, as well as a wide variety of teams from sales to engineering.


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