Benjamin De Point

Benjamin De Point

Vice President of Engineering at Veritone

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Hello everyone. My name is Benjamin De Point, Sr. Director of Software Engineering at Veritone. I've been in technical leadership for 15+ years. I was a really bad manager when I started but have learned a lot the hard way. Looking forward to sharing what I've learned with others.

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How to Be Acquired

16 February

Benjamin De Point, Sr. Director of Engineering at Coupa Software, outlines what to do -- and what not to do -- when acquired and going through challenging times.

Managing Expectations
Company Culture
Team Processes
Changing Company
Engineering
Scrum Master and Software Manager: Distinct Roles Working Collaboratively

15 October

Speaking from personal experience, Benjamin De Point, senior director of engineering at Coupa Software, seeks to expound on the fairly untouched area of where a scrum master's job ends and a software manager's job begins.

Collaboration
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
You should reward rockstar developers

6 December

Benjamin wants to reward a rock star developer who is progressively losing interest in his job.

Fairness
Retention
Career Path
Performance
Engineering
Transitioning from waterfall to Scrum and getting the Business team to buy-in

6 December

Benjamin had to implement an agile working process in his company. While the Engineering team and Product team bought into the new process quite rapidly, the business team was very reluctant to.

Dev Processes
Deadlines
Productivity
Team Processes
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
How to handle a “Hero” employee that keeps valuable knowledge to himself?

6 December

Ben decides to talk openly with a hero developer about how the company is put at risk because he is the only one knowing how to solve a production server issue

Delegate
Internal Communication
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Toxic Employee
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Performance
Engineering
How to integrate employees with a different company culture?

6 December

After an acquisition, Benjamin clarifies his company's direction with several employees, who are not a good cultural fit, and lets them choose whether to stay or go.

Company Culture
Firing
Onboarding
Reorganization
Sharing The Vision
Motivation
Team Reaction
Cultural Differences
Engineering
How to deal with an underperforming employee

6 December

Benjamin struggles to fill a scrum master position, so offers it to an underperforming Software Manager, who he thinks he will perform better in the new role.

Feelings Aside
Company Culture
Firing
Feedback
Hiring
Career Path
Performance
Engineering
My employee assessment process

6 December

Ben has shaped his employee assessment process over the years and shares it in detail.

Company Culture
Feedback
Onboarding
Fairness
Team Processes
Engineering
What not to do with your scrum master

6 December

Benjamin shares his thoughts with us about the roles of a scrum master, which he learned the hard way.

Personal Growth
Legitimacy
Meetings
Collaboration
Team Reaction
Team Processes
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
Using peer feedback for a fair assessment of people and a better team culture

6 December

Realizing that he could not fairly assess people by himself anymore, Ben asks for peer feedback and eventually builds up his team’s trust.

Company Culture
Meetings
Feedback
Fairness
Team Processes
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
How to improve collaboration between engineering and product management; Ingrain it into your culture.

6 December

Benjamin explains how his company developed and fixed the problem of blurry and inefficient collaboration between his product team and engineering team.

Company Culture
Internal Communication
Collaboration
Productivity
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
Interactions between Product and Engineering teams

6 December

Benjamin explains the interactions between Product & Engineering teams at Datto, taking into account the business aspect and deadlines.

Deadlines
Collaboration
Engineering
Finding the right way to communicate the 2017 team strategy

6 December

Faced with having to share a difficult message with his team, Ben decides on a multi-step communication plan.

Managing Expectations
Internal Communication
Reorganization
Sharing The Vision
Team Reaction
Engineering
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