Building a truly global engineering team with Rebecca Parsons, CTO @ ThoughtWorks

In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Rebecca Parsons, CTO of Thoughtworks, to discuss managing a large, truly global engineering team, the implications for current advancements in architecture and the importance of supporting diversity and inclusion.

In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Rebecca Parsons, CTO of Thoughtworks, to discuss managing a large, truly global engineering team, the implications for current advancements in architecture and the importance of supporting diversity and inclusion. 
  • [00:28] Path to CTO
  • [01:58] Leading a 1200-person engineering team
  • [04:08] Deciding on team size and structure
  • [05:22] Managing geographically distributed teams; hiring locally
  • [07:49] Career development for individual contributors and managers
  • [11:00] Keeping up with new technologies
  • [12:19] ThoughtWorks University
  • [15:43] Looking forward to the next 3-5 years
  • [18:58] Advancements in how we think about architecture
  • [25:29] What makes a great engineer
  • [26:42] Attracting talent
  • [29:17] Bias in AI and the science of diversity

You can hear more at The 2019 San Francisco CTO Summit, coming up May 21, 2019, where Rebecca will be presenting her talk on Bias in AI and the Science of Diversity. You can also find Rebecca on LinkedIn or Twitter and her latest book, Building Evolutionary Architectures, is out now.

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