7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Building and scaling a distributed and inclusive team

Mathias Meyer (Independent)
17:05–17:45 Tuesday, 8/11/2016
Organizational infrastructure DevOps, Organizational optimization E104/105/106 Audience level: Non-technical
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What you'll learn

  • Learn what tools can help your team adopt a more asynchronous and inclusive culture of working
  • Gain ideas on how to structure communication and collaboration in distributed teams in a way that also helps local teams


The current status quo in running and scaling out teams is to have everyone work in the same location. With the rise of open source, a different model of working and collaborating has emerged and is being adopted by more and more companies—especially as they struggle to hire talent, build diverse teams, and keep up with economies of scale that haven’t existed before.

Mathias Meyer discusses the team that’s running continuous integration platform Travis CI and shares some lessons learned as the team grew and become more distributed. Mathias explores how to structure communication in distributed and remote teams, the tools that are available today to increase collaboration while also increasing visibility, and the challenges of working across multiple time zones and countries.

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Mathias Meyer


Mathias Meyer is the former CEO and Co-founder at Travis CI. He used to be an engineer and is now focusing on the intersection of distributed systems, teams, company culture, resilience engineering, and building healthy businesses.