Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

  • Podcast #38: Vassilis Rizopoulos of Zühlke

    Podcast #38: Vassilis Rizopoulos of Zühlke

    Jun 27, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

    Vassilis Rizopoulos, of Zühlke, talks about what it is like to handle equipment that can be remotely operated, working within a company’s IT limitations, and the importance of setting boundaries when working from home. Show Notes: Twitter: @arcandros Google+ EuRuKo Zühlke 01:20 – Vassilis’ history and background 05:30 – Embedded hardware development 08:49 – Structure of Vasillis’ remote teams 11:17 – Iteration meetings 14:36 – Daily stand-ups 15:24 – Interaction with co-workers 18:30 – Information radiators 22:41 – Working with IT limitations 26:00 – Advice for working remotely 27:00 – Positives and negatives of working remotely

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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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  • Wide Links #9: Smart, Productive, Agile

    Wide Links #9: Smart, Productive, Agile

    Oct 1, 10 • In Links

    It’s been a while since I did one of these. In this edition, productivity tips, videos, notes on distributed Agile processes, and more. A short video interview with Salim Ismail He talks about the importance of meeting your team in person at the start of a project. But what I found most interesting is when he says that he sees dispersed teams as a way to get the best possible talent no matter where they are located. tags: wideteams Work Smart 2: Stay Connected While Telecommuting | Fast Company – Annotated A lot of great advice in this short video. tags: wideteams Working remotely is so liberating–you get to do what you do best, in a location of your choice, without your co-workers or boss always looking over your shoulder. But telecommuting also requires a

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  • Wide Links #4

    Wide Links #4

    Jul 9, 10 • In Links

    Notes on dispersed teams, from around the web. Today: Inc. magazine goes remote; studies show “vritual” teams can match or outperform collocated ones; and the latest in bathrobe fashion. The Federal Coach: Rethinking the workplace in the 21st century – Tom Fox – Annotated tags: wideteams Yet, with the ever-increasing demands on government, leaders must learn to adapt to the new century and start rethinking when, how and where work is done. The bottom line is simple: it’s not where you are, but what gets accomplished that counts.   Telecommuting’s Win-Win-Win-Win..Etc. | Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit – Annotated tags: wideteams As a new white paper (PDF) from the Telework Research Network (TRN) reports, workshifting is good for People: 70 percent of workers would like to be able to work from home at least some

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  • Wide Teams are Stagnant Teams

    Wide Teams are Stagnant Teams

    Jul 8, 10 • In Experiences, Opinion

    Distributed sucks.  Human interaction is far better than virtual, all the more so for teams of any significant size.  I have worked with successful distributed and local teams.  The local teams were far superior in their ability to improve.  I much prefer the lifestyle afforded by distributed teams.  But that lifestyle comes at a significant cost that today’s tools cannot even begin to mitigate.   Editors note: Wide Teams is about more than just advocacy for dispersed teams. One of the reasons this site exists is to foster a robust conversation about all aspects of remote work – including the very real challenges involved. In order to get a critical perspective on distributed work, I asked my friend, former coworker, and fellow blogger Chris Strom to write this guest article. As someone who has managed

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