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  • Netbooks: A Remote Worker’s Best Friend

    Netbooks: A Remote Worker’s Best Friend

    Sep 2, 10 • In Practices, Uncategorized

    A netbook can grant you great freedom in where you work from, but that’s just the beginning. In this article I talk about the advantages of using a netbook as your primary videoconferencing device. I recently acquired a Netbook (a Lenovo S10-3t), and with just a week’s worth of use it has already made big changes in how I work. Of course, I already knew how useful the netbook would be for “workshifting” – working from wherever I happen to be. While my main workstation is already a laptop, it’s a desktop replacement-style laptop so it’s on the larger and heavier side. And with an i7 CPU, it tends to go through batteries pretty quickly. The netbook has none of these limitations. There’s no excuse left not to answer my email from the kitchen table,

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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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  • RailsConf Wrap-Up

    RailsConf Wrap-Up

    Jun 11, 10 • In Uncategorized

    It’s been a whirlwind week. It was only Sunday night when I decided to accelerate my plans and launch at RailsConf 2010. The subsequent days have been exhausting and amazing. I roamed the halls of RailsConf in the Wide Teams “Phoney Hat”, talking to people about remote work and distributed teams. I’m overwhelmed by the responses I received. So many people were eager to talk to me about their experiences with remote work. I recorded over a dozen interviews with developers and managers who are either working with dispersed teams now or who have done so in the past. I talked to members of two-person teams and fifty-person teams. I spoke to teams who are all located in the same general area, and teams that are spread across the globe. I was even able to record a round-table discussion

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  • Hello RailsConf!

    Hello RailsConf!

    Jun 8, 10 • In Uncategorized

    I just got home from having a fantastic time socializing at the Pratt Street Ale House across the street from RailsConf 2010. It’s been tremendously exciting to talk to so many people who are working on distributed teams, or are considering moving to distributed work. The conversations I’ve had have served to confirm my suspicions: there us a tremendous pool of experience in doing remote work out there, scattered across many organizations. And there is a great deal of curiosity about dispersed teamwork. What’s needed is a place for the knowledgeable and the curious to come together. That’s what Wide Teams is all about. I’ll be at RailsConf all week, armed with a microphone and a silly hat. I’ll be recording interviews with Ruby and Rails developers about their experiences with distributed teams. All of these interviews will be

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