Posts Tagged ‘remote’

  • Get up, stand up: Coordinating with a Daily Meeting

    Get up, stand up: Coordinating with a Daily Meeting

    Sep 9, 10 • In Practices

    A short daily meeting is a great way to keep your team members on the same page. But holding a virtual meeting every day can pose special challenges. This article discusses different ways that real dispersed teams handle daily meetings. Almost all of the dispersed teams I’ve talked to have had some kind of daily meeting during the week in order to say in sync with each other. They usually use the term “daily standup”, as popularized by various Agile methodologies, although in my experienced distributed teams don’t usually physically stand up during these meetings. This has less to do with a lack of team energy and more to do with being able to be seen on their webcams. The typical format for a daily standup is to go around the “room” and answer the

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  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 12: Interview with David Rogers

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 12: Interview with David Rogers

    Sep 7, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode I talk to Ruby on Rails software developer David Rogers of Beacon Interactive Systems about his experiences working collocated, fully remote, and as a part of a mixed collocated/remote team

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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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  • Wide Links #8: I’m on a Train!

    Wide Links #8: I’m on a Train!

    Aug 13, 10 • In Links

    Links about remote work and dispersed teams, from all around the web. In this edition: workshifting from the train; the disciplined remote worker; more evidence that telework increases productivity, and more

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  • Screencast: PiratePad Video Test Drive

    Screencast: PiratePad Video Test Drive

    Aug 9, 10 • In Reviews

    In the wake of Google’s announcement that they are closing Google Wave, it seemed like a good time to showcase some of the tools that can offer subset of Wave’s functionality. PiratePad is one such tool: a web-based, real-time rich text editor which makes it super simple to start sharing documents

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  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 9: Interview with Michael Bleigh

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 9: Interview with Michael Bleigh

    Aug 9, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    In this episode: some thoughts on the Google Wave shutdown announcement, and talking to Michael Bleugh of Intridea about being part of a 50-person geographically distributed company

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  • Landing a Job on a Wide Team

    Landing a Job on a Wide Team

    Aug 4, 10 • In Basics

    A reader emailed me, asking for advice on finding a job with a dispersed team. While I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I’m happy to share what I know. Start a Telework Movement at Your Current Job While I’ve never tried to do this myself, some people are successful lobbying for a telework policy at their current place of a employment. This will only become more common as new government regulations and the financial realities of collocation force more and more organizations to consider the remote option. Be Visibly Awesome For many employers, hiring a remote worker can seem like a risky venture. Employers need assurance that you are worth the risk. That’s why I recommend that you start your job search at home, by picking a niche that you love

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  • Wide Teams Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with Loren Johnson

    Wide Teams Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with Loren Johnson

    Aug 2, 10 • In Interviews, Podcast

    Today’s interview is with Loren Johnson, a Ruby on Rails developer and a remote worker for most of his career. I talked to Loren at RailsConf 2010 about some of the tradeoffs involved when choosing to live and work in a geographically isolated area, and the challenges of being the sole remote worker on a team

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  • Photo Day!

    Photo Day!

    Jul 28, 10 • In Practices

    Office workers keep photos of their families on their desks, to remind them of their children and significant other while they are away from home. I work from home. So what do I keep on my desk? A “group” photo of my dispersed team. Here’s how I made sure every team member has a photograph of the team, no matter where they live. The Need for Team Visibility At least one study has shown that simply seeing a coworker every day can significantly improve the impression team members have of that person. Frequent video conferencing is one way distributed teams overcome the lack of “face time”. Another method is to make use of photos. I’ve heard of one team that places photos of the remote attendees near the speakerphone whenever they have a conference call

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  • Wide Teams Podcast Episode 7: BohConf Roundtable Part 2

    Wide Teams Podcast Episode 7: BohConf Roundtable Part 2

    Jul 26, 10 • In Podcast

    This episode features the conclusion of a roundtable about dispersed teams held at BohConf, an unconference held within RailsConf 2010. In this part, the participants talk about video conferencing, balancing team collaboration time with solo work, optimizing virtual meetings, meeting deadlines, finding talent for their teams, and much more

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