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Scaling Distributed Engineering Teams, by Facebook Engineer Dale Harrison

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Learn how to structure and manage distributed teams from the guy who led teams from both Twitter’s and Facebook’s NYC offices.

Presented at the Hive engineering leadership summit at the Tumo Center in Yerevan Armenia. Learn more about hiring top tech talent: https://teamable.com

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Scaling Distributed Engineering Teams, by Facebook Engineer Dale Harrison

  1. 1. Distributed
  2. 2. What? • Why? • Building • Running • Maintaining
  3. 3. Me • 18 years as a professional nerd, 10 in leadership • 1 failed startup (thanks, dotcom) • Finance, Twitter NYC, Facebook NYC
  4. 4. Why? • Backyard • Remote vs Distributed
  5. 5. Building • Cross functional teams • People people • Asymmetry bad. Hybrid bad. Critical mass good. • Rule of 3 • Autonomy
  6. 6. XFN • Diversity • Localise decision making • Bigger pool
  7. 7. People • Communicate • Communicate • Communicate
  8. 8. Asymmetry? Hybrid?
  9. 9. Rule of 3 • People • Teams • Groups
  10. 10. Autonomy • Project selection is important! • Maximise colocation* • Avoid silos
  11. 11. Running • Communication • Trust • Timezones • Process
  12. 12. Communication • Overcommunicate • Group chat • Watercooler chat
  13. 13. Trust • Get together regularly • Relationships matter
  14. 14. Process • Level the playing field • Hybrid teams are painful • Monitor the work, not the workers
  15. 15. Maintaining • Communication • Assume trust • Active dialog • Relationships matter • Serendipity • Apologise and forgive
  16. 16. For leaders… • You are a role model • Site leadership • Community engagement
  17. 17. Thanks! • t: @_dth • f: fb.me/dth • e: d@h6n.co

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