Gad Salner

Gad Salner

Group Manager


Zoom Out: Building A Kickass Engineering Team Remotely

Wednesday,  Mar 24 | 11:00AM - 11:45AM US ET

Level: Beginner

Building a team is challenging: a group of people won’t just spontaneously come together and tackle a set of goals. And working remotely usually introduces new layers of complication and chaos.
In this talk Gad will share how at Melio, they not only survived, but thrived over the last year. 
Gad Salner has been a software engineer and manager in startups for over 15 years, but this year was forced to get creative when he joined a new startup at the peak of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Building a team remotely, he quickly learned, introduces a unique set of challenges
Gad outlines how to build a winning engineering team and overcome remote-work challenges such as communication, engagement, development velocity, cultural gaps, and moreHe explains the importance of calibrating your team’s efforts and processes, emphasizes the importance of high-trust communication and curating the right cultural and technical framework for your team.

What’s in it for me?

  • Cross-team calibration: How to map and share the team’s challenges and gaps
  • Building a team: a comprehensive plan for remotely building a team
  • Untethered: Taking advantage of remote-work to strengthen a cross-border engineering culture
  • Resolving the uncomfortable: Ideas on navigating complex issues remotely


1: How to calibrate your team

  • How to get clear on your team’s mission, it’s challenges, goals, processes, and individual responsibilities.
  • How to best resolve difficult complex situations, as a manager or developer
  • Empower your team! Be their stepping stone to a career jump
  • Examples

2: Building a team remotely

  • Bringing everybody closer together and communicating culture remotely
  • How to think outside the box when it comes to team culture
  • Creating a feed-forward cycle of improvement for your team
  • Developing a team framework that works remotely for everyone
  • Examples

3: Embrace change

  • How to take advantage of the opportunities that come with working remotely
  • Take advantage of “the new normal” to strengthen your team’s bond
  • Examples