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The intricate art of making your (internal) clients happy - the story from a Python-centered Infra team

Room:
Wicklow Hall 1
Start:
11:10 on 13 July 2022
Duration:
45 minutes

Abstract

If you have ever worked on an internal company project, you may feel it deep in your bones. Let’s say that you discovered a need for a generic technological component in your organization’s tech stack. You identified stakeholders, gathered requirements, and started agile iterations on providing it. Then comes a day when you can show the MVP to your internal client! Yet… the client has lost his interest: maybe right now he says that he has already come up with his own temporary solution and he has no intention to switch to another one? Building internal products differs from commercial ones - there is no flow of cash and your clients are fully transparent.

In this talk, I would like to share with you my experience and tips connected with developing such internal tools and standards. All of this from the perspective of a member of the Machine Learning Infra team that is delivering its solutions to a rapidly growing ML department in a company whose product is used by 350 million unique users per month.

But let’s be specific! I will talk about:

  • Common pitfalls and try to dig up the reasons for why they happen when developing internal solutions
  • How one can approach delivering tools (spoiler: pilot programs, guilds, and more!)
  • Learnings from introducing such approaches (what worked, what didn’t) in our case

TalkSoftware Engineering & Architecture


The speaker

Paulina Winkowska

Paulina fell in love with Python and Machine Learning back in her university years and right now she continues her adventure as Machine Learning Engineer at Brainly. Based in Kraków, Poland, she spends her free time learning ice skating and inline skating.



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