Archive for July, 2012

  • Episode #42: Chad Fowler of LivingSocial

    Episode #42: Chad Fowler of LivingSocial

    Jul 25, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Chad Fowler, of LivingSocial, talks about his background working in and managing widely distributed teams, why people should be allowed to work from home, and the best ways for people who want to work remotely to get into the business. Show Notes: ChadFowler.com Twitter: @chadfowler LivingSocial.com LivingSocial.com/jobs 01:18 – Chad Fowler Introduction & Background 01:50 – Experience with remote work 03:55 – Off-shore experiences 12:05 – Psychological aspect of being a developer 13:20 – LivingSocial 15:15 – Challenges in creating a distributed environment 18:44 – Every team operates differently 22:10 – Team choices 26:00 – Forming a distributed team 33:40 – Why let people work from home? 38:25 – Some people just can’t work from home 43:45 – How can somebody find remote work? 49:20 – Remote pair programming  

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  • Podcast #41: Jonathan Wallace of Highgroove Studios

    Podcast #41: Jonathan Wallace of Highgroove Studios

    Jul 18, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Jonathan Wallace, of Highgroove Studios, talks about the team’s management philosophy, ROWE, and why it works, and how the concepts of overcommunication and summarization are extremely important practices when working within a distributed team. Show Notes: Highgroove Studios blog.jonathanrwallace.com Twitter: @jonathanwallace @highgroove 00:52 – Jonathan Wallace Introduction 01:14 – Distributed Team 01:58 – Becoming Distributed 07:43 – Being “there” versus getting things done: Results Only (ROWE) 11:50 – Work Flow while Working from Home 14:42 – Challenges of Remote Work 18:00 – “Overcommunicating” 20:30 – Summarizing 23:44 – Advice for Remote Teams

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  • Podcast #40: Mike Leone of Panoptic Development

    Podcast #40: Mike Leone of Panoptic Development

    Jul 11, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Mike Leone of Panoptic Development, talks about transitioning into remote work, working with people who are not local, and integrating someone new into a dispersed team. Show Notes: Panoptic Development Twitter: @panopticdev 01:28 – Mike’s background and history 02:38 – How the company came to be 03:59 – Changes made when going remote 05:14 – Working with people who were not local 05:56 – Integrating someone new into a distributed team 07:10 – A day in the life working together remotely 13:35 – Challenges of going remote 14:57 – Physically getting together as a team 16:55 – Advice for remote workers

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  • Podcast #39: Luke Stokes and Brett Florio of Foxycart

    Podcast #39: Luke Stokes and Brett Florio of Foxycart

    Jul 4, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Luke Stokes and Brett Florio talk about what it’s like to be partners and co-founders of Foxycart, an eCommerce platform focusing on the cart and the checkout flow. They also talk about bringing team members onboard an already dispersed team, using different modes of communication, and overcoming hurdles in building a team that works. Show Notes: Foxycart.com Twitter: @lukestokes @brettflorio 01:06 – Background and History 04:43 – Finding team members 08:55 – Bringing team members onboard outside an office sit-down interview 14:30 – Business of Foxycart 17:30 – Team Member Handbook 24:04 – Modes of communication 28:00 – Culture 31:33 – Overcoming hurdles in developing a dispersed team 37:35 – A day in the life with Foxycart 44:05 – Advice for dispersed teams

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