PROJECT MANAGEMENT & ENGINEERING
Groupon’s project managers are ‘the air traffic controllers of the engineering department’
30 October 2017
The Groupon Project Management Team in Chicago
Photograph by Chris Murphy
It was 4 a.m. when confirmation finally came in from the engineers: Groupon had successfully completed the online integration of LivingSocial, which the company acquired in 2016.
Groupon’s project management team had been toiling for months, working with engineers and key stakeholders on this large-scale project. With about 50 other staffers from different departments, they waited and watched into the wee hours, some via conference, until the “cutover” was finally confirmed. This means that users could now access the integrated content — and two weeks ahead of schedule.
That’s when an engineer came in with a bottle of Cristal and a “cutover” cannoli cake.
“Besides my wedding cake, that was the best cake I’ve ever had,” said Karen Hyatt, technical project manager. “There was something about being bleary-eyed at 4 a.m., eating cutover cake with the team you worked so hard with over six months that was really just special.”