Distributed insights for distributed teams. The week’s best posts about dispersed teams and remote work, from around the web. In this edition: seminars from successful distributed team leaders, an article that makes a thought-provoking distinction between being on a dispersed team and being a remote worker, some tips on convincing a manager to let you go remote, and much more.
Holla, An Open-source Group Chat App – Annotated
is a simple group chat application that Developer Alex MacCraw describes
as being a little like an open-source version of Campfire
, 37Signals’ collaboration tool. Holla doesn’t have all of the advanced features that Campfire has, like built-in conference calling. However, it does support file sharing, and it’s free and runs on your own server, so you get to retain a degree of control that you don’t have with hosted web apps.
Global Software Delivery with Distributed Agile
A presentation from ThoughtWorks and The Gap on doing international distributed agile software development.
How to Manage Your Boss When Working Remotely – Annotated
This is excellent advice. Take the initiative in reporting your status and soliciting feedback, and you’ll avoid nasty surprises.
I meet with my manager every other week to talk about my work, and I take the time to prepare an agenda in advance of each meeting. The scheduled meeting acts as way to make sure that we remember to talk regularly, and the prepared agenda helps us stay on track to talk about the most important items.
Remote Worker, Distributed Team – Annotated
This is a terrific post about why it’s easier to have a fully dispersed team than to have a central team with a few remote workers.
When the team is distributed, all communication happens on an equal
footing for all members. You use IRC, mailing lists, bug-trackers.
You’re forced to not rely on hallway conversations or lunch-break
Everyone can participate equally.
When you’re a remote worker, on the other hand, you completely
miss out on many communications channels. A dozen people are in
a conference room scribbling on the whiteboard, and you’re listening
blind on the crappy speakerphone.
Leading Virtual Teams (from NetAge)
Great presentation on managing dispersed teams which includes a lot of hard data from real distributed teams. Good insights into what practices really work.
Play Up Productivity When Pitching Remote Working – Annotated
Want to work from home but your boss is dubious? Point out that statistically, productivity goes up when people work from home.
It’s not always an easy sell, but convincing your company to let you work from home can and has been done. Focusing on what it will mean for their bottom line, especially from a productivity perspective, is a great way to open minds.
Avoid “Jargon Monoxide”- 5 Definitions You Need To Know – Annotated
A useful glossary for remote workers.
A virtual team is a trickier animal. It,too,is often dispersed and communicates through technology but may be put together for a short project or task and then disbanded and members either released into the wild (if they’re contractors) or given assignments on other teams. More importantly, the team members may answer to different bosses or departments. This means virtual teams must ramp up faster and hit the ground running with less margin for error.
Distributed Talent, Beyond Silicon Valley – Ross Mayfield’s Weblog – Annotated
Having a dispersed team helps a company scale through lean times and fat times more easily.
through boom and bust, distributed is a core strategy for a business made of people
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.