What does Asana do? Asana is your go-to project management tool for tracking and processing workflows across collaborative enterprises. As you face deadlines and project requirements, Asana is your guide to a zen organization. As the company has taken on the legacy of email and silo’d work streams, they’ve raised from VC investors like Benchmark and Andreessen Horowitz on their way to $100M ARR.
What does the role of VP Engineering entail? As Asana’s technical leader, Prashant walks us through the day-to-day of a VP Engineering, from personnel and project management, to recruiting for his organization and collaborating with sales and product. He also shares tidbits on how to unearth a customer- and team-first mentality in his new hires.
What is DevOps and why does it matter? DevOps is a burgeoning trend in IT and the market is still scrambling to figure out what exactly it means. In the process of implementing the Agile framework, DevOps seeks to accelerate the pace of development and collaboration across the organization. Prashant shares how DevOps has been embedded in Asana since day one and how empowering his employees to think critically about their own process has led to the creation of tools that make deploying and managing code across the enterprise scalable.
How do you structure and staff an engineering organization? From product to sales engineering, how does Prashant think about optimizing resource allocation and staffing? Prashant shares how he’s structured his teams across the entire development lifecycle, from project scoping to QA, for the most optimal results.
What’s Stephane’s vision for the future of work and Upwork? Today’s work environment is a product of legacy. As work becomes more specialized, companies are realizing that employment can be much more flexible and remote. Stephane and Upwork believes that in the future, we’ll put our personal lives first, with work complementing that life, as opposed to our historical precedent where oftentimes work defines our personal life.
What’s a book that’s changed Prashant’s perspective?
High Output Management by Andy Grove is Silicon Valley gospel. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance—throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.
Interested in learning more about Asana and DevOps? Here are a few resources:
- Asana Crosses $100M ARR After Eight Quarters Of Accelerating Growth
- What is DevOps? The Ultimate Guide to DevOps
- The Way of DevOps: A Primer on DevOps Principles and Practices
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