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Presentation: High Performance Remote and Distributed Teams

Track: Building High-Performing Teams

Location: Broadway Ballroom South, 6th fl.

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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Past a certain size, many software organizations grow by looking beyond their headquarters to distributed sites and / or remote employees. Some organizations -- and almost every open source project -- have always been completely remote. What are the secrets of the organizations that use multiple localities and time zones to their advantage? We will use examples from eBay, Google, Stitch Fix, and WeWork.  

We will start with the organization itself - how to form teams, give them scope, and manage their growth. Next, we will discuss communication strategies for getting the best out of far-flung teams, as well as how to foster and maintain the human bonds and empathy critical to good work. Lastly, we will explore the human side itself. By looking beyond a single physical site, we can find better, more diverse, and more motivated employees. Talent, after all, is evenly distributed; opportunity is not.  

You will take away actionable insights to help create -- or improve -- your remote teams.

Speaker: Randy Shoup

VP Engineering @WeWork

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  • Just Culture (Blameless Culture)

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  • Architectures You’ve Always Wondered About

  • Machine Learning and AI in the New Decade

  • Evolving Java - Including K8s/Containers, Kotlin and Impact on AOT

  • Ethical Considerations in Software

  • Microservices and Scalability

  • Container Slinging

  • Native Compilation Is Back (A Look at Non-Vm Compilation Targets)