Wide Teams Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Marty Haught

Wide Teams Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Marty Haught

Jun 14, 10 • In Podcast

In today’s inaugural episode of the Wide Teams podcast, I interview Marty Haught of Haught Codeworks. I also talk a little bit about the purpose and goals of the site.

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Show Notes:

00:30 – Purpose and Goals for Wide Teams site

02:12 – Introduce first of many interviews conducted at RailsConf 2010 in Baltimore, MD: Marty Haught, a software architect and engineer from Longmont, Colorado

02:28 – Interview Begins

02:41 РMarty’s introduction and background

03:05 – History with distributed work

04:00 – A day in the life with Marty and distributed work

  • Morning Stand-Up
  • Talker, Campfire, Skype Apps
  • Pair
  • Apple Remote Desktop
  • Client Discussions
  • Centralized Feedback

06:35 – Challenges of remote work

  • Network Connectivity
  • Video Bandwidth
  • Timezones
  • Client hesitation that distributed teams are effective
  • Discipline with distraction and staying on task
  • Acclimating to being remote

08:39 – Benefits of remote work

  • Efficient
  • Easy to limit distractions
  • Team can stay focused with few client and co-worker interruptions

09:54 – Tool wishlist

  • Better screen-sharing tools
  • Better interactive screen-sharing tools

11:56 – Advice for future remote workers and groups

  • Trust your teammates
  • Standardize your tool-set

13:25 – Wrap up

14:37 – End

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3 Responses to Wide Teams Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Marty Haught

  1. Evan Light says:

    Why Talker instead of Basecamp? I’ve heard another shop mention Talker before too.

    • Marty Haught says:

      The reason we used Talker on this project is to learn more about the tool. It has some interesting options for plugins and pulling in feeds. I think Campfire is more mature, especially if you have Propane, but I think Talker is a nice alternative. It’s also slightly cheaper but honestly that doesn’t matter much.

  2. Marty Haught says:

    One update on my interview, when I said Apple remote desktop, I was really referring to Apple screen sharing that was introduced in 10.5. Also, I’ve used TeamViewer as another pretty decent screen sharing alternative, http://www.teamviewer.com.

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