Engineer for the future of Cloud
June 10-13, 2019
San Jose, CA

Your team as a distributed system

Andrew Harvey (Microsoft)
1:25pm2:05pm Thursday, June 13, 2019
Location: LL20 A/B



Prerequisite knowledge

  • Have built or thought about even the most basic distributed system


As we level up in technical roles, often we find ourselves thrust into team leadership and management. This sneaks up on us, and we can be left without the skills to adequately understand, engage with, and lead our teams. This inevitably has a negative effect on our teams, and this effect is multiplied as you scale. What if we could reach into our toolbox that we use to understand technical problems—software architecture and distributed systems theory—to help us understand our teams? Could we learn to better manage people through this metaphor?

Andrew Harvey explores the dynamics of teams and how they map to our understanding of distributed systems. Using this understanding, we can apply distributed systems theory to help unpack some of the dynamics of our teams and how to optimize them for scale. From communication to culture, Andrew breaks down the components of the distributed system and sees what makes it tick using things like CAP theorem and the eight fallacies of distributed systems. You’ll walk away with some tools to help understand your team and set yourself up for successful scaling.

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Andrew Harvey


Andrew Harvey is the CTO in residence in Sydney for Microsoft. He works with startups of all sizes to help them scale their product and technology. Previously, he worked as CTO for several startups, including the Apple Design Award-winning app Zova.

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