Posts Tagged ‘podcasts’

  • 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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  • Episode #46: Katie Cunningham of Cox Media Group

    Episode #46: Katie Cunningham of Cox Media Group

    Aug 22, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Katie Cunningham, of Cox Media Group, talks about implementing the Pomodoro time management technique, silly, but effective ways of getting people’s attention in IRC channels, and making yourself attractive to prospective remote employers. Show Notes: Twitter: @kcunning TheRealKatie.net 00:38 – Katie Cunningham introduction & background 03:53 – Cox actively looks for people who can work remotely 06:05 – A day in the life 12:30 – Advantages of working from home 16:20 – Isolation working from home 18:50 – Transitioning to working from home 20:12 – Problems working from home 26:20 – Communication strategies 29:55 – Exercise 33:42 – Where can people find remote work? 36:31 – Making yourself attractive prospective employers 38:38 – Most important pieces of advice for remote workers

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  • Episode #45: Mike Smith of Blitz.io

    Episode #45: Mike Smith of Blitz.io

    Aug 15, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Mike Smith, of Blitz.io, talks about being a part of a distributed team while being based in Austin, TX, why notifications and knowing your app is being used are good for team morale and self-esteem, and different strategies that promote communication between working regions. Show Notes: Blitz.io Twitter: @evilmike 00:33 – Mike Smith Introductory 01:25 – History of being distributed 02:50 – Working together 03:47 – Automation around Campfire 07:00 – Energy of knowing your app is being used 08:30 – Strategies to promote communication between regions 10:30 – Challenges of distance 14:35 – Advice for teams starting to work remotely 18:43 – Facetime with team members

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  • Episode #43: Greg Bell of Reverb Software

    Episode #43: Greg Bell of Reverb Software

    Aug 1, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Greg Bell, of Reverb Software, talks about mistakes he made during the early stages of managing a distributed team and what he’s done to combat those mistakes, and the ideal people that make up a widely distributed team. Show Notes: Twitter: @gregbell REVERB Software Greg Bell Design + Development github/gregbell Ruby Open Source Challenge 00:44 – Greg Bell Introduction and Background 02:05 – Type of software worked on 03:00 – History with distributed teams 05:20 – What went wrong at first? 08:30 – Plans to avoid future mistakes while managing a distributed team 09:45 – Ideal people 11:20 – A day in the life 13:14 – HipChat 15:10 – Division of work between people in Vancouver and people in France 18:42 – Being stalled during work due to others being unavailable

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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 #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 #36: Ben Johnson of Merrill Corporation

    Podcast #36: Ben Johnson of Merrill Corporation

    Jun 13, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode, Ben Johnson of Merrill Corporation talks about evolving into remote work, why working in an office is bad for focus and productivity, and why putting your face out on the Internet is a good thing. Show Notes: Twitter: @deafgreatdane Merrill Corporation Merrill DataSite Pragmatic Geek 01:10 – Ben’s introductory and background 01:37 – Merrill Corporation 02:20 – Evolving into remote work 03:12 – Tools 05:19 – Day to day operation 07:11 – Advantages of working remotely 10:41 – Remaining in touch with your team 12:45 – Helpful management techniques 13:53 – Standardized tools are important 16:45 – Advice for others working remotely

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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 #26: Sahil Parikh of DeskAway.com

    Podcast #26: Sahil Parikh of DeskAway.com

    Mar 8, 11 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode I talked to Sahil Parikh of DeskAway.com, a web-based collaboration tool for distributed teams. This is another episode recovered from near-disastrous technical malfunction, and as a result all of my audio has been re-dubbed. Thankfully, Sahil’s insights into he advantages of a dispersed team have been fully preserved. Show notes: Sahil Parikh is @sahilparikh on Twitter. Check out DeskAway at DeskAway.com / @deskaway

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  • Wide Teams Podcast #21: Interview with Tony Amoyal

    Wide Teams Podcast #21: Interview with Tony Amoyal

    Dec 7, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    Can you work remotely from a snowboarding vacation in Montana? Software developer Tony Amoyal says "why not?". In this episode, he and I discuss the tradeoffs involved in being part of a software team while staying mobile

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