How to Improve Developer Productivity 📈 — with Kathryn Koehler (Netflix)

Refactoring Podcast — Season 1 • Episode 6

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🙋‍♀️ Today’s guest

Kathryn Koehler is the Director of Productivity Engineering at Netflix.

Her teams focus on the development environment and associated experiences, which enable and empower developers at Netflix to bootstrap, code, build, test, debug, and maintain software more effectively and efficiently.

Productivity is an ever-controversial topic in engineering, and with Kathryn we dived right into it! Here are a few of the things we talked about:

  • Culture — Netflix’s culture is one of the most influential in tech. Kathryn talks about its pillars, like candid feedback, freedom & responsibility, and the keeper test, and how they apply to engineering.

  • 🔋 Developer Productivity — how Kathryn’s team builds platform and practices to make other engineers happy and productive.

  • 🧱 Platform Teams — when you should create them, and how to make them work with the rest of your org.

  • 🔄 Meetings, Processes & Planning — the other side of productivity. How Netflix plans work to balance alignment with freedom & responsibility.

  • 📊 Productivity Metrics — how DORA, SPACE, and engineering metrics are used at Netflix, combined with surveys and qualitative feedback.

  • 🗳️ Q&A — more questions from the audience about AI, metrics, and remote work.

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Refactoring Podcast
Interviews with world-class engineering leaders about writing great software and working well with humans.