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CTO ConnectionEpisode 55
Engineering Team Cohesion at Scale with Han Yuan, SVP of Engineering @ Upwork
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Engineering Team Cohesion at Scale with Han Yuan, SVP of Engineering @ Upwork
By Peter Bell • View the Website

This week, Peter Bell is joined by SVP of Engineering at Upwork, Han Yuan. Han and Peter dive into what it’s like to run an engineering team that spans countries, building a good engineering culture for a remote team and how he brings on new engineers to the team.

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This week, Peter Bell is joined by SVP of Engineering at Upwork, Han Yuan. Han and Peter dive into what it’s like to run an engineering team that spans countries, building a good engineering culture for a remote team and how he brings on new engineers to the team.

This week, Peter Bell is joined by SVP of Engineering at Upwork, Han Yuan. Han and Peter dive into what it’s like to run an engineering team that spans countries, building a good engineering culture for a remote team and how he brings on new engineers to the team.

[00:21] - Differences in thinking about distributed teams across multiple companies
[02:59] - Communication best practices across time zones & countries
[05:22] - Interviewing for long term fit
[08:15] - Development environment workflow with an evolving team
[09:46] - Code quality & remote collaboration
[11:58] - Providing new opportunities for engineers while retaining knowledge
[13:42] - Autonomy, consistency and self-organization across teams and services
[21:13] - Balancing support and product development teams
[24:39] - Onboarding new engineers
[28:24] - Building social and cultural cohesion 
[31:05] - Fostering a sense of connection and community within a big company with a remote team

Han Yuan is currently the Sr. VP of Engineering at Upwork. Prior to Upwork, he’s held Sr. leadership roles at eBay and Netflix. You can find more information about Han Yuan at LinkedIn.

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Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating or managing an engineering team, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!