Episode #55: Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall of Papertrail

Episode #55: Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall of Papertrail

Oct 24, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

In this episode, Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall, of Papertrail, talk about seeking out and choosing the right teammates, team overlap, and organic growth.

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Show Notes

Troy Davis (twitter / github / blog)
Eric Lindvall (twitter / github / blog)
Papertrail (website / twitter)

00:57 – How their distributed team evolved

01:43 – Finding the right teammate(s)

04:10 – Living situations

  • Eric: Stays just North of Seattle, WA
  • Troy: Travels: Seattle to Portland to Sol,South Korea to Bangkok to San Francisco to NYC

04:48 – Airbnb

05:42 – Troy’s travelling

07:02 – Team interaction and dividing work

08:42 – Avoiding using predictions and promises

10:18 – Work tactics

  • Rare standups
  • Dealing with timezones

11:15 – Team overlap

  • You are responsible for how you should spend your own time

13:27 – Maintaining continuity & company values

  • Growing organically
  • Github as an example

15:54 – Advice for distributed teams

  • There are no shortcuts
  • Transparency

17:26 – Arguing

20:43 – Papertrail: Hosted log management by and for engineers

 

 

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