We’re experiencing new innovation and disruption messaging constantly. Correspondingly, finding a job in tech has really been the employee’s market for the last several years. Why then do so many roles require relocation to the Bay Area? The Internet is distributed, and the technology we work on allows people to connect from across the globe. We understand the technology, but what about the people side of the equation? How do you build and lead a distributed team?
Drawing on his experience leading teams at the main headquarters of Puppet for four years before moving a couple thousand miles away and building out a team spanning nine time zones, Michael Stahnke explores the behaviors of distributed teams and explains how to make those teams successful, walking you through communication expectations, performance management, interviewing, on-boarding, career growth, communications, and how the things we take for granted like grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning are a whole new challenge. This talk is geared toward those who are on or want to build out distributed teams—whether due to costs in certain locations or just to cast the widest net on the talent pool.
Michael Stahnke is the director of software delivery at Puppet Labs, where he was previously the community manager and the release manager who built out the Release Engineering team. He came to Puppet Labs from Caterpillar, Inc., where he was an infrastructure architect, system administration team lead, and open source evangelist. Michael also helped get the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository off the ground in 2006 and is the author of Pro OpenSSH (Apress, 2005).
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