Posts Tagged ‘distributed teams’

  • Episode #61: Tom Santero and Reid Draper of Basho

    Episode #61: Tom Santero and Reid Draper of Basho

    Dec 5, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Tom Santero and Reid Draper of Basho, talk about hiring where the talent is, doing what you think is best for the company, and the wonderful benefits of having work flexibility. Show Notes: Tom Santero (twitter github) Reid Draper (twitter github blog) Basho (twitter site) Riak (github) 00:53 – Background & Introduction 02:50 – Employee distribution 03:44 – Looking for and hiring developers 05:08 – Strategy to grow a distributed team 06:35 – Organization appearance 08:09 – Team interaction 12:26 – Remote pair programming 14:21 – Standups and phone Q&As 15:51 – Distributed team challenges 18:31 – Personalities best suited for remote working 19:34 – Flexibility 22:13 – Advice for dispersed teams

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  • Episode #60: Derek Haynes and Andre Lewis of Scout App

    Episode #60: Derek Haynes and Andre Lewis of Scout App

    Nov 28, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Derek Haynes and Andre Lewis of Scout, talk about meeting and getting to know each other before working together, coworking spaces, and distributed teams unique to big companies versus small companies. Show Notes: Scout 00:59 – Derek Haynes 01:51 – Andre Lewis 02:36 – Scout 03:25 – Working apart remotely 09:33 – Work environments 12:08 – Previous experience working remotely 13:53 – Mistakes people make with remote work 16:08 – Advice for remote workers 17:38 – Distributing work

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  • Episode #59: Daniel Yoon of Sleepy Giant

    Episode #59: Daniel Yoon of Sleepy Giant

    Nov 21, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Daniel Yoon of Sleepy Giant, talks about his experience as being “the new guy” on a team located on the other side of the world, knowing whether you’re responsible enough to effectively hold a remote position, and shares a resourceful list of companies who are known to hire remote workers. Show Notes: Daniel Yoon (twitter / github) Sleepy Giant 01:00 – Introduction & Background 01:40 – Working for a U.S. company while located in China 04:01 – Identifying companies that allow you to work remotely 05:43 – Interview Process 07:29 – Headsets 09:50 – Interview Process (cont’d) 10:53 – Advantages of working remotely 13:58 – Home office connection 17:36 – Getting introduced/introducing yourself as a new team member 31:12 – Advice for remote reworkers

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  • Episode #58: Bob McWhirter of Red Hat

    Episode #58: Bob McWhirter of Red Hat

    Nov 14, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Bob McWrirter of Red Hat, talks about communication as in artifacts created by tooling, remote workers as black sheep, and gaining notoriety via open-source. Show Notes: Bob McWhirter (twitter / blog / Red Hat / Project Odd) 00:47- Introduction & Background 01:40 – History with remote work 02:46 – Red Hat 03:58 – Daily life 05:13 – Open-source experience & team management 07:58 – Commit messages 09:26 – Email/mailing lists 10:04 – Dividing work 11:48 – Poor remote work experiences 15:21 – Reasons to work remotely 17:42 – Building notoriety via open-source

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  • Episode #57: Ezekiel Templin of Paper Cavalier

    Episode #57: Ezekiel Templin of Paper Cavalier

    Nov 7, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Ezekiel Templin, of Paper Cavalier, talks about schedule stretching to accomodate time zones, choosing where you work from, and the importance of hanging out and meeting with co-workers to achieve the best remote working experiences possible. Show Notes: Ezekiel Templin (twitter / github) Paper Cavalier papercavalier/dotfiles 00:52 – Ezekiel’s background and introduction 02:02 – Traveled as a new employee to offices to meet people in person 02:26 – Tools 03:55 – Pairing 04:34 – Working remotely 05:27 – Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset 10:56 – Google+ Hangouts 13:40 – Schedule stretching to accommodate time zones 16:08 – Choosing where you work from 17:42 – Paper Cavalier 19:01 – Getting hired 20:35 – Advice for remote workers

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  • Episode #56: Evan Light

    Episode #56: Evan Light

    Oct 31, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Evan Light, a freelance software developer and mentor, talks about working with an apprentice, remote mentoring, and the power of reflection and education through suffering. Show Notes: Evan Light (twitter / blog / Ruby DCamp / Triple Dog Dare)  00:52 – Evan Light Introduction 01:03 – History with remote work 02:36 – Adjusting to working from home 06:28 – Day to day work process 07:32 – Pairing with clients 08:20 – Working with an apprentice 10:07 – Remote mentoring 12:40 – Pomodoroing 13:54 – Working with larger distributed teams 17:09 – Regular Agile Retrospectives 20:54 – Reflection 28:00 – Do what you love and share it with other people and it pays you back

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  • Episode #55: Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall of Papertrail

    Episode #55: Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall of Papertrail

    Oct 24, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Troy Davis and Eric Lindvall, of Papertrail, talk about seeking out and choosing the right teammates, team overlap, and organic growth. Show Notes Troy Davis (twitter / github / blog) Eric Lindvall (twitter / github / blog) Papertrail (website / twitter) 00:57 – How their distributed team evolved 01:43 – Finding the right teammate(s) 04:10 – Living situations 04:48 – Airbnb 05:42 – Troy’s travelling 07:02 – Team interaction and dividing work 08:42 – Avoiding using predictions and promises 10:18 – Work tactics 11:15 – Team overlap 13:27 – Maintaining continuity & company values 15:54 – Advice for distributed teams 17:26 – Arguing 20:43 – Papertrail: Hosted log management by and for engineers    

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  • Episode #54: Steven R. Baker

    Episode #54: Steven R. Baker

    Oct 17, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Steven R. Baker, shares his experiences facilitating a remote team in Canada, his philosophies that led to working remotely, Show Notes: Steven R. Baker (twitter / blog) 01:10 – Steven Introduction & Background 02:01 – Working from the road 03:07 – VersaPay: Bank transfers in Canada 05:16 – Coordinating 06:34 – Managing the distribution of work 08:03 – Avoiding knowledge silos 10:15 – Looping others into a project 11:33 – Philosophy that led to working remotely 15:04 – Finding business 17:23 – Facilitating/encouraging a remote team 25:41 – Team building offsite days

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  • Episode #53: Josh Ballanco

    Episode #53: Josh Ballanco

    Oct 10, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Josh Ballanco of ELC Technologies, talks about working remotely from Ankara, Turkey, the trials and tribulations of sorting through remote work job postings, pairing, and yak shaving days. Show Notes Josh Ballanco (twitter / github) ELC Technologies 01:00 – Josh Ballanco Introduction & Backgroud 02:48 – Why Ankara? 03:24 – Distribution of ELC Technologies 06:22 – Remote work job postings and securing a job 09:13 – Turkey 12:38 – Coordinating & leading a dispersed team 14:50 – Pairing 18:16 – Yak Shaving Days 19:32 – Communication outside of pairing 22:15 – Communication is key

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  • Episode #52: Gabe Hollombe

    Episode #52: Gabe Hollombe

    Oct 3, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Gabe Hollombe, talks about his adventures traveling throughout Southeast Asia while working for a company based in Australia. He discusses staying connected to the Internet and home-based coworkers, traveling with coworkers, and essential equipment for the vagabond programmer. Show Notes: Gabe Hollombe (twitter / github / blog) Tutoring Australasia Pairkit.com 00:37 – Gabe Hollombe Introduction & Background 01:48 – Traveling 04:20 – Staying connected to the Internet while traveling 05:35 – Staying connected to the team back in Australia 06:30 – Nha Trang, Vietnam 08:03 – Traveling with coworkers 08:42 – Adjustment for “home team” to have coworkers working away 10:28 – Tutoring Australasia 12:11 – Lessons learned from making the change to working on-site to off-site 14:18 – Start smaller (traveling) 16:08 – Equipment for the vagabond programmer 19:55 – Key advice

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