Archive for August, 2010

  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 11: Interview with John McCaffrey

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 11: Interview with John McCaffrey

    Aug 30, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode I talk to John McCaffrey, a software consultant who specializes in ironing out performance problems in Ruby on Rails applications. In the course of his consulting he works with dispersed teams, and in this interview he delivers a detailed rundown of the tools and workflow involved in doing Agile software development in a distributed team

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  • Monday’s Podcast Delayed

    Aug 23, 10 • In Podcast

    This week’s podcast has been delayed. Another great interview is coming up, though, so stay tuned!

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  • The Wide Teams Bootstrap Guide, Part 5: Project Management

    The Wide Teams Bootstrap Guide, Part 5: Project Management

    Aug 18, 10 • In Basics

    A project management app is an essential tool for any dispersed team. Here are some suggestions to get you started. The next application in your essential distributed team toolbox is a project management app. At it’s most basic, a project management app is a shared TODO list: it enables a group of people to divvy up a list of tasks between them. If your team is small, just two or three people, you may wonder if you need a project management app at all. The answer is yes. While it can be possible to get things done in a collocated team using informal task assignments and periodic check-ins, even the smallest dispersed team needs a “trusted system” to manage what has been done, what needs to be done, and who is doing it. Without such

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  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 10: Interview with Aslak Hellesøy

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 10: Interview with Aslak Hellesøy

    Aug 16, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode: an interview with Aslak Hellesøy, who talks about the contrasts between coordinating a large Open-Source project and a small dispersed team; the importance of constantly re-evaluating your tools and practices; and more. Also: theme music!

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  • We’re on Facebook!

    We’re on Facebook!

    Aug 16, 10 • In Uncategorized

    Wide Teams now has its own page on Facebook! If you have a Facebook account (and who doesn’t?) and you’ve enjoyed the content from the Wide Teams blog and podcast, please “Like” us on Facebook. Click “Read More” for the link, or just check out the new Facebook section on the right-hand side of this page. Thanks!

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  • Wide Links #8: I’m on a Train!

    Wide Links #8: I’m on a Train!

    Aug 13, 10 • In Links

    Links about remote work and dispersed teams, from all around the web. In this edition: workshifting from the train; the disciplined remote worker; more evidence that telework increases productivity, and more

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  • Staying in Sync with a Core Hour

    Staying in Sync with a Core Hour

    Aug 11, 10 • In Practices

    One of the attractive features of a dispersed team is the ability for the team to get things done without all being on the same schedule. Members of the team are able to use their time more flexibly, scheduling work around life instead of vice-versa. They may also be scattered across time zones as well. This advantage comes with a significant dark side, however. With less time spent in direct communication, teams members have a much increased potential for getting out of sync with each other – leading to delays, duplicated or unneeded work, and confusion. Collocated organizations that practice flex time often define a block of “core hours” when every employee is expected to be in the office. While it is typically impractical – and quite possibly inefficient – for a dispersed team to

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  • Screencast: PiratePad Video Test Drive

    Screencast: PiratePad Video Test Drive

    Aug 9, 10 • In Reviews

    In the wake of Google’s announcement that they are closing Google Wave, it seemed like a good time to showcase some of the tools that can offer subset of Wave’s functionality. PiratePad is one such tool: a web-based, real-time rich text editor which makes it super simple to start sharing documents

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  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 9: Interview with Michael Bleigh

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 9: Interview with Michael Bleigh

    Aug 9, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode: some thoughts on the Google Wave shutdown announcement, and talking to Michael Bleugh of Intridea about being part of a 50-person geographically distributed company

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  • Wide Links #7: Save the Wave!

    Wide Links #7: Save the Wave!

    Aug 6, 10 • In Links

    Reactions to Google’s announcement that they are shutting down Google Wave, and more news, tips, and opinion from the world of wide teams. Save Google Wave! – Annotated The campaign to save the wave. tags: wideteams When we heard the news about Google Wave being shut down, we were devastated. Google Wave is an invaluable tool that we use every day to keep track and collaborate on projects (in real-time).   Using Google Wave in the Enterprise – Annotated How Wave is being used in the real world (and why they need to keep it alive!) tags: wideteams many businesses and organizations are using Google Wave as their main collaboration tool. While it hasn’t proven itself to be the perfect tool for every company, Google Wave is certainly a good option for many teams, especially

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