Wide Links #17

Wide Links #17

Dec 10, 10 • In Links

  • You can save a lot of money by working remotely, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the tools that really matter. A few strategically chosen expenditures can dramatically increase your productivity and connectivity.

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    • Remote workers can’t escape talking on the phone, or its modern day equivalents. I personally have a fairly expensive handset hooked up to my landline, which I use when it’s important to have great call quality and a connection I can depend upon. You might not consider a landline a wise investment, but if everything else goes to pot, you can at least always get on the phone and call someone. Especially if you have a phone that will work even in a power outage.
  • Battle-tested advice from a company with workers dispersed across multiple continents.

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    • Now picture this: the project you’re managing is launching in three hours. Your stakeholders just found a nasty bug and your lead developer is nowhere to be found. Is he at his desk? You have no idea, because his desk is 3,000 miles away. You look around and quickly realize that Rover is not going to be able to fix this for you. And there’s no coffee because you haven’t left the house in three days. What do you do?!
  • Not a new article, but I just came across it and I think a lot of the advice here still applies. Of particular note is the section on the importance of good network connectivity.

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    • As empirical evidence, for the first year or two at Pivotal I had DSL, which was pretty fast with low ping, but had continual problems with performance. Then, I switched to corporate-grade cable with a significantly higher bandwidth limit. My experience improved dramatically and my problems decreased greatly.
  • A great slide set by David Bland about implementing SCRUM in a distributed team.

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  • A little unintentional humor for those who work from home. If you’ve ever wished you could fill your quiet, peaceful home office with all the noise of a traditional office floor – now you can!

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    • Thriving Office contains the sounds of voices, phones, computers, and much more. One 39-minute track is “Busy” and the other is “Very Busy”.
  • The Google Wave story continues…

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    • One of the best outcomes from November’s Wave Protocol Summit was a proposal for Wave to enter the Apache Software Foundation’s incubator program. Apache has a fantastic reputation for fostering healthy open source communities that create great software. Last week, that proposal was accepted, and we’re spinning up the project infrastructure so that the community can continue to grow in the Apache way.
  • Neighborhood cafes are increasingly becoming engines of productivity.

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    • My long-held notion that Laptopistan’s citizens were just sitting around e-mailing other writers in other cafes around the world dissipated as I got to know the MacBook Pro owners around me. Sure, there were aspiring screenwriters, novelists and people updating Twitter, but there was also Gauri Nanda, a product designer from Detroit who created Clocky, the alarm clock on wheels that’s featured at the MoMA store and sold worldwide. There was Billy Schultz, a corporate human resources consultant crunching numbers for spreadsheets in PowerPoint and Excel (on a Lenovo PC, no less), and Meredith Sadin, working on her doctorate in American politics at Princeton.

      Laptopistan’s is an entrepreneurial economy, driven by solitary thinkers. Aszure Barton, a choreographer from Alberta, was working with colleagues to prepare for her contemporary dance show called BUSK, which will debut Dec. 17 at the Jerome Robbins Theater. Robert Olinger runs a biotech startup that is getting silkworms to make spider silk at commercial scale, designs online education programs for the New York City Department of Education, and directs theater projects with Russian artists. In just a few days I met architects and event planners, database designers, classical musicians, film editors and app developers, every facet of the creative economy working under one roof, not so much together as in tandem.

  • Here are some tips for keeping a remote audience engaged.

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    • Stand up: Body posture influences how your voice projects over the phone during an on-line presentation. If you’re scrunched at your computer and over your phone, your voice might not come across with authority. And you could be perceived as unprepared. Pretend that you’re in a real presentation environment. Cover the windows in front of your office, tape pictures of faces on you wall so you have an audience with eye contact, stand up and even use a clicker. It makes a huge difference.

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