Humane Teams At Home and Around the World

Software development is a social activity that favours direct human contact, yet 21st century life can often get in the way, forcing us to reconsider our communication patterns. Whether you are building a collocated, remote, or distributed team, there is one component in software development that remains unchanged: the human element.

Using the experiences of two team leaders from startup and enterprise contexts, this presentation will guide you to building happier, more resilient teams regardless of where its humans are located.



Emma Jane Hogbin Westby


Emma Jane Hogbin Westby leads the operations team for shared digital services at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In this role she uses the Agile Manifesto to manage a distributed team of developers across eight time zones. She is the author of O’Reilly’s Git for Teams and two books on web development.


Dan Young


Dan is one of the founders of EngineerBetter, who are a small, London-based software consultancy helping customers with Cloud Foundry PaaS and organisational change. His team places a strong emphasis on XP values and practices, including pair programming in co-located teams all day. He’s always been driven by a strong desire to reduce friction and find more effective ways of working in large organisations.