Wednesday, August 21

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Distributed by Design -or- How to Work with a Team in 12 Timezones

Inline Stage

About the event

At the company I work for, everything we build is distributed; our software and our company itself; my team alone is in 12 timezones. Building distributed systems is notoriously hard, but as they say, “humans are even more difficult.” As we’ve worked to build a purposely distributed team, we’ve faced specific challenges and worked to overcome them directly. We’ve treated our distributed nature as a boon to who we are and how we work, not just a challenging fact of life to be overcome, or a bug to be dealt with. This talk dives into the details of how our company thrives on its distributed model: * Why we say "distributed" instead of "remote" and how that language has been key from day one. * How have shared values held us together as a group and how have they evolved as we scale from a handful to over 1000 employees? * What challenges we face on a daily basis being distributed * What tools and practices we use to over come them * How we can possibly make it work with a truly global team.


Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich is a Community Builder at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup & DevOpsDays Hartford. He is passionate for connecting humans and using technology to enhance our need to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on or on twitter @CrayZeigh.