You are viewing content from a past/completed QCon Plus - November 2020


Intentional Distributed Teams

While a few companies have been working in a distributed style for a while now, most companies were forced to make the jump in a hurry in early 2020. We’ve been doing the best we can, “winging it”, in an abnormal and uncertain situation.  

One thing is clear, though: things will not be the same. Even when pandemic fears fade, remote work and distributed teams will be an ongoing part of the technology sector. Whether your company was already a distributed team or is trying it for the first time, it’s time to rethink. The post-pandemic world will not be like 2019, and it won’t be like 2020, either.  

So it’s time to take a more intentional approach. How can your company shift from “just getting by” to really excelling, successfully adapting to the uncertain future? How can you attract, care for, and retain the kind of employees you need, when you’re suddenly competing with companies across the nation, not just across town? How can your company stay productive, creative, and driven when you’re distant from each other?


Maria Gutierrez

Sr Director of Engineering and co-site lead @intercom London

Maria is Sr Director of Engineering and co-site lead for Intercom London. She also leads Intercom's global R&D Operations function with a focus on building a more efficient and effective Product and Engineering organisation at scale. With 20 years of experience in the software industry,...

Read more


Glenn Vanderburg

Executive Director at @remax

Glenn Vanderburg is a software engineer, engineering leader, and speaker who has been working remotely for half of his 30-year career. As an individual contributor, he learned how to work remotely as part of a team; later, as a manager and leader, he has experienced different kinds of distributed...

Read more

From the same track


Mastering Virtual Communication

Tuesday Nov 17 / 10:00AM PST

For the past six months, we've been in countless hours of virtual meetings and presentations. While we've learned a lot along the way, there is still an opportunity to make these virtual engagements more effective and more enjoyable. This short talk focuses on how we can take...

Anne Ricketts

Founder of Lighthouse Communications & Communication Coach


Navigating the New Remote Normal

Tuesday Nov 17 / 10:50AM PST

Now is the time to set up your remote workforce to succeed - no matter where they work. In this presentation, we will discuss, how can we navigate the new world of working as a hybrid team. You will walk away with new ideas for what it means to be “present” at work and how to...

Lisette Sutherland

Author of Work Together Anywhere


Remote Work Leadership Best Practices Panel Discussion

Tuesday Nov 17 / 12:30PM PST

Successful remote work support can convey large benefits to the business, but to realize this benefit we must adopt best practices at the leadership level. Join this panel to learn actionable best practices from engineering leaders at organizations that are supporting remote work as an advantage.

Kristina Kemmer

Director Of Engineering @zapier

Preeti Somal

Engineering Leader @HashiCorp

Karen Casella

Director of Engineering @Netflix, previously leading architecture teams @eBay & @Sun

View full Schedule

Less than


weeks until QCon Plus Nov 2021

Level-up on the emerging software trends and practices you need to know about.

Deep-dive with world-class software leaders at QCon Plus (Nov 1-12, 2021).

Save your spot for $799 before November 12th