Ubuntu’s 300

Our second tech talk this year was with Canonical’s own VP of Ubuntu Engineering, Rick Spencer. He discussed with us how he has helped grow Ubuntu’s 300 person remote engineering team.

Brief Abstract of Rick’s talk:
Expanding an engineering team in most large U.S. tech centers {New York, DC, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle} these days is a challenge.  Many leaders, who are looking to expand, are finding it most difficult to find talented, co-located resources.

Solution: enable and empower engineers and testers so they can work at home or remote at least a portion of their time or 100% of their time.  Using proven people management practices, you will achieve better engineering results and a happier, more engaged team.

About Rick:
Rick leads the team responsible for Canonical’s numerous engineering contributions to Ubuntu. Before joining the company, he spent many years in software development and management roles at Microsoft in Seattle.

A passionate leader of teams in the creation of amazing software, Rick strives to create clarity of vision, passion for quality, and user-centered decision making to both small and large software development teams.

Some Pictures from our Tech Talk event:

Some great comments from attendees:

“Rick was a great guest speaker. His experience in technology management and team leadership made last night’s talk pertinent to developers and to managers.”

“Great event — comprehensive talk covered personal, technical, business aspects of running/managing a completely dispersed world-wide 300-person team. And can’t beat Taylor Gourmet sandwiches! Thanks for organizing this.”

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