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David Murray

David Murray

Cofounder at Confirm

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David Murray is an entrepreneur, computer scientist, and product designer based in Silicon Valley. He is currently CTO of Doctor.com. Originally a product manager at Google from 2006-2008, he received the Google Founders Award and EMG Award for his work on Gmail. After Google, David held several senior product and engineering management positions at start-ups in Silicon Valley and helped run the FFL Accelerator in Palo Alto. He joined Doctor.com through the sale of his company ReferBright in 2014, and he holds a B.S. in CS and HCI from Carnegie Mellon as well as an M.S. in CS (HCI focus) from Stanford. David also writes articles for Forbes on topics like navigating conflict and politics at the workplace which you can find here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/people/davidmurray1/

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Happiness in Your Work Life
27 August

David Murray describes a framework for finding and maintaining happiness in your work life and career.

Impact
Motivation
Personal growth
PM
EM
Starting and growing a team in a new city
16 April

At two separate organizations, David started a team in a new city, growing it from just himself to several team members while maintaining the core culture of the main office, and keeping the city connected to the “mother ship.”

Onboarding
Sharing the vision
Scaling Team
Remote
PM
EM
Gaining the trust of non-technical leaders
16 April

David uses strategies of empathy, active listening, and regular communication to ensure that the other executives on his team trusted him and maintained a solid relationship with him.

Convincing
PM
EM
Going from no testing to full QA automation
16 April

David worked with a small engineering organization to grow and scale the Quality Assurance team from nothing to a team of 8 QA members doing significant automation.

Different Skillsets
Personal growth
Career Path
Collaboration
Legitimacy
PM
EM
Being an engaging speaker and presenter
16 April

David has used tactics from his many years of performing professionally, including his college degree in Voice Performance, to often speak and present to his company in an engaging, entertaining way that ensured his messages got across.

Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Personal growth
Internal Communication
PM
EM
Managing toxic employees and atmospheres
16 April

David identified and quickly remedied a few situations in which a new employee unintentionally facilitated the creation of a toxic environment.

Team reaction
Underperformance
Firing
Toxic atmospheres
Toxic employee
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
PM
EM
Resolving severe personality conflicts
16 April

David mediated many internal conflicts between executives and other team members at his organization using proven counseling techniques.

Feelings aside
Conflict solving
Collaboration
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Toxic employee
Toxic atmospheres
PM
EM
Peacefully managing out low-performing employees
16 April

David has worked with many employees who did not perform their duties at the level needed by the organization, finding ways to manage these employees out in ways that minimize damage to the organization that sometimes can occur.

Managing Expectations
One-on-one
Career Path
Underperformance
Internal Communication
PM
EM
Growing and mentoring managers of managers
16 April

David worked with several individual contributors to help them grow into the managers they wished to become. In addition, he works with managers to help them understand how to grow and mentor managers of their own.

Leadership
Feedback
One-on-one
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
New Manager
Career Path
Scaling Team
New Manager of Manager
PM
EM
Enabling a Pro-Diversity Culture
16 April

David has been at many organizations that lost opportunities with candidates who felt a lack of diversity at the organization. As such, he implemented strategies to ensure his current company maintains a pro-diversity culture.

Company Culture
Diversity
PM
EM
Measuring & Communicating Team Success
16 April

David needed a way to communicate with the rest of the company about how well the engineering team was doing using objective, measurable metrics like other teams. He developed a monthly report to facilitate this purpose with both qualitative and quantitative sections.

Delegate
Deadlines
Internal Communication
Ownership
Roadmap
PM
EM
Reducing significant inherited technical debt
16 April

David inherited a team with significant technical debt, accrued over years fighting fires for the CEO of the company. Through significant post-morteming and process changes, the team significantly reduced this debt and changed from a reactive culture to a proactive one.

Remote
Underperformance
Legitimacy
Firing
Dev Processes
Personal growth
Feedback
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
High Performers
Scaling Team
Managing Up
Productivity
PM
EM
Ensuring a happy, productive culture and prevent burnout
16 April

David has used proven research on employee productivity to implement positive changes that resulted in a happier, more productive team that has been incredibly loyal over several years.

Dev Processes
Motivation
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Company Culture
Onboarding
Cultural differences
High Performers
PM
EM
Scaling a remote team from 4 to 40
16 April

David inherited a remote team used to fighting fires for the CEO. He tells us how he stabilized, scaled, and gained the trust of this team from afar.

Personal growth
Remote
Delegate
Handling Promotion
Internal Communication
Salary / Work Conditions
Reorganization
Cultural differences
Scaling Team
Fairness
Team processes
Hiring
PM
EM
Finding the right team structure and organization
16 April

David iterated with his team over several “agile” approaches as his company grew and evolved. He explains which strategies worked, for how long, and why.

Meetings
Collaboration
Productivity
Scaling Team
Reorganization
Internal Communication
Agile / Scrum
PM
EM
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