About the authors

Rebecca Murphey is the Field CTO at Swarmia and hosts the Engineering Unblocked podcast. Previously, she drove engineering effectiveness efforts as an engineering leader at Stripe and Indeed, implementing some of the most transformative productivity improvements these companies saw during her tenure. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Otto Hilska is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Swarmia. In 2009, he co-founded Flowdock (the Slack before Slack), acquired by Rally Software in 2013. After leaving Rally, Otto worked as the Chief Product Officer of, leading a fast-growing software organization while navigating emerging bottlenecks. He lives in Helsinki.

Oskari Kallio in Helsinki created the beautiful illustrations in this book. The book was edited by Ari Koponen and copy-edited by Christy Gibbs.

About Swarmia

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  • Jack Humphrey, for providing invaluable feedback on an early draft of this book.
  • Eero Kettunen and Miikka Holkeri, for their input and feedback.
  • Pinja Dodik, for championing and guiding this project.

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