DC 2015 - Program


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DevOpsDays DC will return June 8-9, 2016.

Distributed Teams

Facilitator: Adam Leff ([email protected] / [email protected])

Scribe: Adam Leff ([email protected] / [email protected])

25 participants, roughly less-than-half the participants work from home

  • Some believe colocation is best
  • Working remote has a cost, but the quality of life increase for some is worth it
  • Full team on-sites are important
  • If there’s a mix of on-site and off-site, make sure you defer to the common denominator (i.e. have most of your conversation in the medium that off-site * users can participate, such as HipChat/Slack)
  • WFH offers a mostly-distraction-free environment, but still need face time with peers
  • Video chatting helps, but “loss of fidelity"
  • Time zone distribution allows lots of flexibility
  • If you WFH, people find having a dedicated “work space” is important, both for the worker, and their family
  • People are actively seeking out telework positions only
  • As a hiring manager, being able to hire remote employees provides a HUGE potential pool
  • On-prem location needs to provide adequate equipment to do audio/video conferencing - i.e. room systems, HD quality video, mics provided for ALL * participants.
  • One participant stated the “office people” get to WFH on Friday - helped to
  • Loss of a whiteboard is an issue… WACOM tablet is a nice substitute
  • Big HQ + satellite office: how do you make it better? Only solution participants mentioned is full room AV systems, such as Lifesize
  • Screenhero for pair programming (provides voice as well as control sharing), Floobits mentioned as well
  • 1-on-1s with manager are more critical
  • Manager role in conflict avoidance: be present, know when to bring people together in a different medium to resolve, act as advocate to other teams

Platinum & Venue Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Excella Consulting Sumo Logic Netuitive Ansible Chef CustomInk Delphix Red Hat Elastic VictorOps Fugue Sonatype FireEye

Gold Sponsors

InfoZen Comcast Circonus Opus Group, LLC BlackMesh PagerDuty govready

Silver Sponsors

Puppet Labs