"Before & After": Hybrid Work Strategies

Many of us dreamt about escaping the daily commute, working remotely and flexibly, and having an entire world of career options available to us. However, we didn’t realize that this ideal would become a reality so quickly.

We’re currently unlearning the practices of decades of colocated office work as we adapt to our new found flexibility. It’s now time to form new habits, and fast. We need to understand how to work efficiently and effectively, how to structure our work and our teams, and how to grow our careers in this remote and hybrid world.

In this track, we’ll explore the great opportunities and challenges that remote work brings to our companies and our industry. We’ll dive deep into the tools and strategies that we’ll need to embrace as we shape our future together, and you’ll walk away with actionable tools and techniques for team and company to make your work better, wherever you are.

From this track

Session Hybrid Work Strategies

Successful Leadership in Hybrid Environments: Powerful Principles, Practical Steps, and Poignant Examples

Tuesday Dec 6 / 09:00AM PST

Being a technical- or people leader in a hybrid work environment can be extra challenging: While on paper, it may look like hybrid work combines the “best of both [remote and co-located] worlds”, the reality often looks drastically different: 

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Lena Reinhard

Founder, Coach, Consultant @Lena Reinhard Leadership Coaching & Consulting

Session Hybrid Work Strategies

Building High-Trust and High-Performing Teams at Shopify in a Remote World

Tuesday Dec 6 / 10:10AM PST

The switch to remote-only and hybrid has unlocked so much potential for the world and our companies: we can hire the best, people can live where they want, and we can form teams based on skills and interest instead of location.

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Jesse McGinnis

Senior Development Manager @Shopify and Author of Embracing Uncertainty

Session Hybrid Work Strategies

Leveraging Hybrid One-on-Ones for Better Connections

Tuesday Dec 6 / 11:20AM PST

One of the most difficult challenges to overcome in a hybrid or remote work environment is the lack of social connection between team members—and worse, the often insufficient time that managers spend individually with their reports.

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Alexandra Sunderland

Senior Engineering Manager @fellowapp

Session Hybrid Work Strategies

The Future of Work: How Flexibility Unlocks Potential for People and Organizations

Tuesday Dec 6 / 12:30PM PST

The last two years created a massive discontinuity in how we work, and now the debate rages: are we going back to the way things were, or investing to move forward?

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Brian Elliott

Executive Leader, Future Forum & SVP @Slack | Author, How the Future Works


Tuesday Dec 6 / 09:00AM PST


Track Host

James Stanier

Director of Engineering @Shopify

James Stanier is Director of Engineering at Shopify, an e-commerce platform making it easy for millions of entrepreneurs to start, grow and succeed at running their businesses online. He works remotely from the UK countryside, and has built distributed teams around the world. He is also the author of two books: "Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager", and more recently, "Effective Remote Work". He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and runs theengineeringmanager.com.

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