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.

Speakers

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 crayzeigh.com or on twitter @CrayZeigh.