Building Distributed Systems in Distributed Teams

A presentation at Devoxx Poland 2018 in in Kraków, Poland by Philipp Krenn

At Elastic — the company behind the open source tools Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash — everything is distributed; both the company and all our products. Building distributed systems is notoriously hard ... building a distributed team even more so. This talk dives into the details how Elastic is thriving on its distributed model:

  • How Elastic started to be distributed by design.
  • What our shared values are and what we have learned as we progressed and grew to our current size.
  • How a day of an Elastician can look like.
  • What we are using in terms of tooling.
  • How we hire and onboard new employees.


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