How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure

Video description

Deciding what to work on is always difficult and is especially treacherous for folks working as infrastructure engineers and leaders. Infrastructure teams that solve the right problems subtilely shift their company’s trajectory upwards. Poor approaches lead toward a morass of firefighting and frustration. With so many opportunities and sometimes fuzzy metrics, planning is threading a needle between the tyranny of choice and the specter of ambiguity.

Will Larson (Stripe) unpacks the process of picking and prioritizing technical infrastructure work, which is rarely if ever discussed but is so essential to long-term company success. Will shares Stripe’s approach to evolving your approach to prioritizing infrastructure as your company scales, justifying—and maybe even expanding—your company’s spend on technical infrastructure, exploring the whole range of possible areas to invest into infrastructure, adapting your approach between periods of firefighting and periods of innovation, and balancing investment in supporting existing products and enabling new product development.

You’ll come away with a broad set of tools, frameworks, and ideas for plotting the future of your technical infrastructure.

This session was recorded at the 2019 O'Reilly Velocity Conference in San Jose.

Product information

  • Title: How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure
  • Author(s): Will Larson
  • Release date: December 2019
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0636920338468