Posts Tagged ‘dispersed teams’

  • Episode #80: Interview with Ernie Miller of LivingSocial

    Episode #80: Interview with Ernie Miller of LivingSocial

    May 1, 13 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Ernie Miller of LivingSocial, talks about his transition into managing a dispersed team, “Optimizing for Happiness”, and dealing with distraction. Show Notes: Ernie Miller (twitter github blog) 00:41 – Ernie Miller Introduction 01:07 – Transition to leading a dispersed team 02:25 – Remote Working Days 03:31 – “Optimizing for Happiness” 06:52 – Dealing with Recruiters 09:26 – Considering Remote Work 12:02 – Dealing with Distraction 15:25 – Remote Meetings 16:51 – Ernie’s Remote Team

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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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  • Podcast #34: Ron Evans of The Hybrid Group

    Podcast #34: Ron Evans of The Hybrid Group

    May 31, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Ron Evans of The Hybrid Group talks about being a part of a consultancy and the importance of reputation, balancing family and distributed work, and a wonderful project aimed at our youth to introduce them to coding at a young age and keep the Ruby community alive and thriving! Show Notes: Twitter: @deadprogram The Hybrid Group Kanban Pad  The Kids Ruby Project Clutch 00:51 – Introduction 01:50 – Interview begins 02:05 – Ron’s background 04:05 – Sustainable development 04:38 – Communication practices 06:00 – Being extreme 06:40 – Tools 11:45 – Consultancies 14:10 – Building a remote culture 23:40 – History of The Hybrid Group 29:35 – Pair programming and when to do it 36:48 – Does agile development work? 38:30 – Family and distributed work 41:50 – The Kids Ruby Project

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  • Podcast #32: Louis Font of Zyncro

    Podcast #32: Louis Font of Zyncro

    May 16, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode I talk to Louis Font of Zyncro. We talk about his internationally distributed team and how they, as a company, seek to be available to customers 24/7 no matter what time zone they are located in, solving communication gaps between businesses and social networks, and how important physical communication is in the world of remote work. Show Notes: ZyncroBlog Twitter: @zyncro Facebook 00:40 – Introduction 02:22 – Louis’ background 04:20 – Distributed team structure and background 09:08 – Challenges working distributed 10:30 – Cultural differences between team members 12:00 – Zyncro as a company 16:22 – Advice for distributed teams 17:20 – Future of distributed teams

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  • The Narrating Your Work Experiment

    The Narrating Your Work Experiment

    Aug 4, 11 • In Experiences, Featured

    Hans de Zwart recently finished an experiment in which he encouraged his distributed team to “narrate their work”—to issue frequent updates to the team about what they were doing. In this article, he discusses the results of the experiment. This article was originally posted on Hans’ blog, and he has kindly granted permission to reprint it here. A few months back I posted a design for an experiment on my blog. The goal of the experiment was to find out whether it would be possible to use a microblogging tool to narrate our work with the intention of making better performing virtual teams. Over the last two months, the direct team that I work in (consisting of 18 people) basically participated in the experiment in the way that it was designed: They posted constant, daily or weekly updates

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  • Podcast #29: John Hawkins of 9Seeds LLC

    Podcast #29: John Hawkins of 9Seeds LLC

    Apr 27, 11 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, an interview with John Hawkins, one of the founders of 9Seeds, a company that specializes in custom WordPress development. The 9Seeds team is fully dispersed, with every team member working from home. We talked about how 9Seeds came to be a distributed company, and why John intends never to set foot in a brick-and-mortar office again. Show notes: John Hawkins is @vegasgeek on Twitter 9Seeds LLC The Event Ticketing and Affiliate Manager WordPress plugins 9Seeds sponsors WordCamp conferences

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  • Podcast #28: Shane Pearlman of Shane & Peter

    Podcast #28: Shane Pearlman of Shane & Peter

    Mar 23, 11 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode I talk to Shane Pearlman of Shane & Peter, a fully dispersed software consultancy. We talked about recruiting  the right kinds of people for a distributed team, and how to stay connected as friends as well as coworkers. Show notes: Shane Pearlman is @justlikeair on Twitter Shane & Peter Check out the Shane & Peter Lifeblog Redmine Adium Coworking Freelance Camp

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  • Wide Links #19

    Wide Links #19

    Mar 18, 11 • In Links

    The latest and greatest news and resources for remote workers, from all around the web. Set Up Remote Colleagues With the Apps They Need Using Ninite: Online Collaboration « Ninite has a selection of many of the most commonly used apps, including browsers, IM clients, media players, office apps, Flash, PDF readers, security tools, utilities and even some of WWD’s favorite tools, like Dropbox, Evernote and KeePass. The installer installs the most up-to-date version of the apps; running the installer again will update the apps to the latest version.   iPad 2: The Best Tablet for Distributed Teams Just Got Better: Online Collaboration « I’ve talked about the importance of  a “comms appliance” for remote workers; the iPad 2may just be the best device yet for that role. tags: communication videoconferencing ipad People who think

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  • Podcast #27: Susan Tenby & Jessica Dally of TechSoup

    Podcast #27: Susan Tenby & Jessica Dally of TechSoup

    Mar 16, 11 • In Interviews, Podcast

    This podcast is a departure from the dispersed software development teams I usually cover. I interviewed Susan Tenby and Jessica Dally of TechSoup, a nonprofit focused on providing other nonprofits with the technology they need to better accomplish their missions. One way they assist nonprofits is in helping them to use Second Life, a massive on-line “virtual world”, to collaborate and build community online. I talked to Susan and Jessica about why TechSoup is a distributed organization, and why organizations are using Second Life to meet, network, and do their work. For someone who spends a lot of time doing remote collaboration, it was eye-opening for me to discover this whole new frontier of online interaction. After listening to this interview you may just be inspired to add a virtual world meeting space to your

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