CTO Connection Podcast

Globally Distributed Teams vs. Remote Teams with Gustavo Niemeyer

September 24, 2020 peter@pbell.com (CTO Connection) Episode 105
CTO Connection Podcast
Globally Distributed Teams vs. Remote Teams with Gustavo Niemeyer
Show Notes

Thanks to the pandemic, many people are getting their first taste of working remotely. But for Gustavo Niemeyer of Canonical, having a globally distributed team is just a way of life. On this week’s episode of CTO Connection, he discusses the pros, cons, and considerations for companies considering globally distributed teams.

Further, Gustavo talks to Peter about managing teams looking to solve big, open-ended problems, why finding motivated employees is key, and why he is a proponent of globally distributed teams. Take a listen for more.

  • (01:12) - Discovering a passion
  • (05:07) - Team leadership at Conectiva
  • (06:18) - Doorway to Canonical
  • (09:16) - Bootstrapping large projects
  • (17:16) - Managing expectations
  • (22:03) - Self-motivation
  • (25:20) - Communication overlap
  • (30:40) - International compensation
  • (35:15) - Remote interviews

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