A discussion with Dan Menard of Macadamian, covering the importance of taking the time to build personal relationships; the advantages of having a team that’s split across time zones, the practice of distributed code review, and much more!
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- How to work with someone 12 hours away
- The Wine project
03:15 – Dan’s background
- Macadamian Technologies based out of Ottowa, Canada, with offices in Romania and Armenia
- Product creation company that helps other companies bring products to life
- Software development
- User research
- User experience and visual design
- Quality assurance
04:02 – History with oversea startup
- Helped to work more effectively with clients in different timezones
06:00 – Schedule Flexibility
- Adjusted schedule
- Work from home or office
07:28 – Importance of relationships
- Personal connection
- Avoid “Us” versus “Them” mentality
- Skype is useful
- Personal presence at all offices
09:50 – Advantages of working with teams across time zones
- Working in teams across time zones expands a regular work day
- Instead of fitting 8 hours into a work day, you can get around 16
- Get projects done in half the time
- Overlap shifts slightly to sync up with SCRUM meetings, etc.
12:00 – Tools
- Confluence (Wiki)
- Internal mailing lists and news groups
14:40 – Smartboard
- Whiteboard with a projector hooked up to it
17:06 – Code Review
- Do things in small batches
- Develops good patterns and catches bugs earlier
19:00 – Adjustment to working with distributed teams
20:52 – Future of working with distributed teams
21:24 – Advice to distributed groups
- Do whatever works for your individual team