As our society evolves from “job for life” to project economy/gig economy/free-agent-nation, people are less willing to relocate for every new job. Building and cultivating a geo-distributed team requires a very crisp organization, which also helps people who are all “in the office.” Hear some practical tips and tricks learned over eight years of building and managing geo-distributed teams.
As a software developer, systems architect, director and now founder, John O’Duinn has designed and helped build release engineering infrastructure that is practical, reliable, cross-platform, scalable and efficient. In addition to technology, John loves growing a culture where distributed teams and individuals work seamlessly together no matter where they are physically in the world. At Mozilla this involved building a tightly knit team of 18 release engineers in 14 cities, in four non-adjacent timezones working with the geo-distributed Mozilla open source project. At Hortonworks, the team was in four cities, in three non-adjacent time zones, working closely with the geo-distributed Apache Hadoop open source project. He consults and mentors on this topic, and recently agreed to write a book on this for O’Reilly Media (due early 2016).
John has MSc and BSc degrees in computer science from Dublin City University, Ireland, co-authored “Firefox Release Engineering” in The Architecture of Open Source Applications vol2, and blogs on oduinn.com.
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