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Monday, May 18 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Optimizing Contributions with Globally Distributed Teams

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With over 850 organizations and thousands of individuals from over 140 countries around the globe, the OpenStack community is wildly diverse and global.  If you are going to contribute to the OpenStack Project, weither it is code or use cases,you are going to be working on teams.

Many teams will be virtual; that is the members of the team will be scattered around the world and come from many companies and cultures, while other teams will be constituted of long-term work colleagues who have worked comfortably together for years.  More often, OpenStack teams are closer to the former, than the later. Your teammates are on different schedules and have different agendas.  You have no loyalty and no bond, yet you have to trust your teammates will come together and add to the OpenStack project. 

For contributors, that often translates to mean that you are working on a project or team that has folks from many time zones and organizations.  This can often lead to misaligned priorities, limited meeting times and frustrations with the amount and pace of work that needs to be done. Given all the difficulties, it is amazing how often the OpenStack Project teams actually work and work well.

Join this workshop panel to learn tips and tricks on how to maximize your effectiveness and efficiency when working on large Open Source projects such as OpenStack.

·          Tricks and tools to avoid communications breakdowns

·          Sharing the workload with your fellow contributors

·          How to effectively manage a leaderless team

·          Working across organizations

Speakers
avatar for Beth Cohen

Beth Cohen

Cloud Product Strategist - Verizon, Verizon
Beth is a Cloud Networking Product Manager at Verizon, working on developing new cloud products and services. She is also President, Luth Computer Specialists, an independent consultancy specializing in cloud focused solutions to help enterprises leverage the efficiencies of cloud architectures and technologies. Previously, Ms. Cohen was a Senior Cloud Architect with Cloud Technology Partners and the Director of Engineering IT for BBN... Read More →
avatar for Karin Levenstein

Karin Levenstein

Manager, Rackspace Private Cloud Documentation
Karin Levenstein manages the US half of the Rackspace Private Cloud documentation team and is an OpenStack docs contributor, working mostly on the Installation Guide. She has been working as a tech writer for nearly 20 years, and her experience ranges from grocery chains to oil and gas companies to software, hardware, and cloud computing. She is also a freelance critic/essayist (specializing in genre fiction, which, while not strictly... Read More →
avatar for Fernando Oliveira

Fernando Oliveira

DMTS, Verizon
avatar for Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Director, Mirantis Partner Marketing, Mirantis
Kamesh is the Director of Partner Marketing at Mirantis where he works to define, drive, and deliver comprehensive joint go to market activities and content marketing with Mirantis technology and solutions partners in the OpenStack ecosystem   Kamesh has a deep knowledge of the cloud marketplace and the OpenStack ecosystem along with a rare mix of entrepreneurial/start-up experience, passionate customer focus, and strong technical... Read More →
avatar for Grant Shipley

Grant Shipley

Sr. Manager, Red Hat
Grant Shipley is a senior manager at Red Hat who is focused on cloud technologies. Prior to this, Grant was a software development manager and was responsible for the www.redhat.com website and the supporting infrastructure. He has over 15 years of software development experience, focusing on Java and PHP. In his free time, he contributes to several open source projects as well as developing mobile applications. He has been using Linux on a daily... Read More →


Monday May 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Room 114/115

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