GitHub: Distributed, Asynchronous, and Self-directed

Efc09baeb94ed440b185710062c8956d?s=47 John Britton
April 23, 2013
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GitHub: Distributed, Asynchronous, and Self-directed

It's easy to observe and discuss symptoms of culture. Appealing "perks" like flexible hours and working from anywhere are fun to talk about and are often used to attract and retain employees. Even though it's a common pattern, there are severe problems with blindly appropriating symptoms of culture. Avoid the pitfalls by being intentional with your values and how you and your team work. Take a look at how GitHub derives culture from first principles and to understand why we work the way we do.

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John Britton

April 23, 2013
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  1. DISTRIBUTED, ASYNCHRONOUS, & SELF-DIRECTED

  2. JOHN BRITTON

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  5. WHAT DEFINES CULTURE?

  6. FREE FOOD?

  7. UNLIMITED VACATION?

  8. TOYS IN THE OFFICE?

  9. NOPE

  10. THESE ARE PERKS

  11. FUN & EASY TO TALK ABOUT

  12. USED TO HIRE & RETAIN EMPLOYEES

  13. PERKS DON’T DEFINE CULTURE

  14. VALUES ARE EXPRESSED AS CULTURE

  15. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD:

  16. WE CAN WORK ANYWHERE

  17. WE DON’T DO MEETINGS

  18. WE HAVE NO MANAGERS

  19. TRUE BUT NOT CULTURE

  20. SYMPTOMS OF CULTURE

  21. SYMPTOMS LACK MEANING

  22. FREQUENTLY COPIED

  23. DON’T COPY THE SYMPTOMS

  24. INSTEAD THINK ABOUT VALUES

  25. WHY DO WE WORK THE WAY WE DO?

  26. GITHUB HAS INTENTIONAL VALUES

  27. FIRST PRINCIPLES

  28. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  29. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  30. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  31. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  32. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  33. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  34. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  35. SECURITY FREEDOM OPPORTUNITY COOPERATION FUN LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT

  36. APPLYING THE VALUES

  37. DISTRIBUTED

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  44. ASYNCHRONOUS

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  51. SELF-DIRECTED

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  57. DON’T COPY THE SYMPTOMS

  58. INSTEAD THINK ABOUT YOUR VALUES

  59. YOUR VALUES DEFINE YOUR CULTURE

  60. JOHN BRITTON @johndbritton