Wide Teams Podcast Episode 4: Interview with Mike Zazaian, Part 2

Wide Teams Podcast Episode 4: Interview with Mike Zazaian, Part 2

Jul 5, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

In this episode of the podcast, listen to the conclusion of my interview with Mike Zazaian at RailsConf 2010. In it we talk about the importance of getting to know your remote team members as people, and we discuss the state of remote collaboration tools, among other topics.

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Show Notes:

00:40 – Challenges of remote work

  • Time management
  • Losing momentum on a project
  • Being cognizant of the hearts and minds of people in a project

04:25 – Importance of developing personal relationships with people

  • Importance of working with people you like
  • Leave an IRC channel open
  • Team chemistry

07:50 – Useful tools in remote work

  • Skype
  • IRC
  • G-Chat for one-on-one communication
  • Pivotal Tracker

11:18 – Tool wishlist

  • Dislike for Campfire
  • Something that would consolidate group and interpersonal communication
  • Something that would consolidate the workflow of Cucumber, Pivotal, and GitHub
  • Recording and tracking Skype calls

17:20 – Advice for future remote workers

  • Get to know people
  • Establish trust

22:48 – Wrap up

26:06 – End

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