Build resilient systems at scale
October 12–14, 2015 • New York, NY

Distributed teams for distributed systems

Aly Fulton (Travis CI)
4:35pm–5:15pm Tuesday, 10/13/2015
Location: Gramercy
Average rating: ***..
(3.31, 16 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

This talk is for anyone interested in how to optimize their remote team or how to make their current team remote-friendly. No specific skills or knowledge are required.


There are many advantages to remote work that are underutilized in favor of the traditional, in-proximity team. Tech has considerable flexibility compared to most fields, and we are comfortable using and distributing services. But oftentimes we are hesitant to apply this flexibility to our teams. Remote work is often seen as an advantage afforded to senior status, but the advantages it has for team members of all levels are often overlooked. This talk seeks to change that and optimize remote teams.

Working for Travis CI, an international distributed team that combines both traditional employees and remote employees, has shown that remote teams can be extremely effective for members of all skill levels. Remote work also makes jobs more accessible to a variety of different populations, which allows companies to hire quality, diverse teams. There are considerable advantages to the overall quality of life that will be discussed as well. A happy team is a productive team!

The heart of the talk will be strategies and tools to create efficient teams that follow the DevOps philosophy, including a thorough discussion of ChatOps. This talk also hopes to clear the air of common misconceptions about remote work as it compares to traditional work, and call attention to certain pitfalls to avoid to create and sustain efficient, remote-friendly teams.

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Aly Fulton

Travis CI

Aly Fulton is currently a developer and customer supporter at Travis CI. Her development experience is in Ruby/Rails and JavaScript. She plans to transition into an Operations role at Travis CI to achieve full DevOps glory. She likes cats, computers, and video games. In her previous life, Aly was studying to be a speech-language pathologist (but she’s been a tech nerd since she can remember).

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