A clear-eyed look at distributed teams

A clear-eyed look at distributed teams

Distributed teams offer many benefits for employers and employees alike. Having a distributed team can make recruiting and retention easier, and it can help you build a diverse team. Depending on your circumstances, it might reduce costs, and it can improve productivity. As an employee, it offers increased flexibility, improved work-life balance, and broader employment opportunities.

However, success with a distributed team requires changes to work practices and style — and not just from the remote employees. Even the people who still come to the office every day will experience changes, and team leads perhaps most of all. We think it’s a fabulous way to go, but it helps to be prepared … and most of what we see being written and discussed is focused on remote workers, not the organization that supports them.

In this talk, we will look at the challenges and rewards of working in a distributed team setting, with a focus on team leadership and management.

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Maria Gutierrez

February 20, 2017
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  1. A Clear-Eyed Look
 at Distributed Teams Maria Gutierrez VP Engineering,

    FreeAgent Glenn Vanderburg VP Engineering, First.io
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  8. @mariagut

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  12. If they can do it, anyone can do it. Distributed

    teams are just as good as colocated teams in exactly the same ways! It’ll be easy!
  13. It’s hard to live and breathe something if you aren’t

    actually breathing the same air. There is something about a team being more powerful, more impactful, more creative, and frankly hopefully having more fun, when they are shoulder to shoulder. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home Shane Mac, Zaarly Michelle Peluso, CMO IBM Jackie Reses, Head of HR Yahoo
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  15. Make a Commitment 1

  16. But how do you build company culture when you are

    not working “shoulder to shoulder”? 1Make a Commitment
  17. 1Make a Commitment

  18. “Organizational culture represents the collective values, beliefs and principles of

    organizational members” Needle, David
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  22. Use proper tools 1Make a Commitment

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  24. Critical mass 1Make a Commitment

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  26. Remote managers 1Make a Commitment

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  28. 1Make a Commitment

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  30. Everyone partly remote 1Make a Commitment

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  32. Treat on-site and remote employees fairly 1Make a Commitment

  33. Treat on-site and remote employees fairly 1Make a Commitment

  34. Communicate Intentionally 2

  35. Intentional vs accidental and implicit communication 2Communicate Intentionally

  36. Intentional vs accidental and implicit communication 2Communicate Intentionally

  37. Build Trust 2Communicate Intentionally

  38. 2Communicate Intentionally

  39. You and your team You and the company leadership Team

    members Your team and other teams that interact or depend on yours 2Communicate Intentionally
  40. Be religious about 1:1s 2Communicate Intentionally

  41. 2Communicate Intentionally

  42. Communicate upward and outward often 2Communicate Intentionally

  43. 2Communicate Intentionally

  44. Out of sight should never be out of mind 2Communicate

    Intentionally
  45. Learn to be good at internet video/audio 2Communicate Intentionally

  46. 2Communicate Intentionally

  47. Choose the right channel for each situation 2Communicate Intentionally

  48. Choose the right channel for each situation 2Communicate Intentionally

  49. Fewer meetings, more shared documents 2Communicate Intentionally

  50. Show your work 2Communicate Intentionally

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  52. 2Communicate Intentionally

  53. Be Clear 3

  54. Watch the work product, not the worker 3Be clear

  55. Which jobs are closed
 to remote workers? 3Be clear

  56. Know the law 3Be clear

  57. 1203.47 ON CE % 7 8 9 4 5 6

    1 2 3 0 . = 1203.47 ON CE % 7 8 9 4 5 6 1 2 3 0 . = 1203.47 ON CE % 7 8 9 4 5 6 1 2 3 0 . = Understand and control your budget 3Be clear
  58. Start with the recruiting process 3Be clear

  59. Make a Commitment 1 Communicate Intentionally 2 Be Clear 3

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  62. Makes change easier

  63. Organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs

    which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. — Mel Conway
  64. Strengthens your company communication strategies

  65. Aids diversity

  66. Aids diversity

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  68. Travis Valentine 1983-2017

  69. Brainstormed, designed and rehearsed in Dallas and Edinburgh Remotely!

  70. Brainstormed, designed and rehearsed in Dallas and Edinburgh Remotely!

  71. Thanks! @mariagutierrez @glv