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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    A Clear-Eyed Look
 at Distributed Teams Maria Gutierrez VP Engineering,

    FreeAgent Glenn Vanderburg VP Engineering, First.io
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    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!
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    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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    But how do you build company culture when you are

    not working “shoulder to shoulder”? 1Make a Commitment
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    You and your team You and the company leadership Team

    members Your team and other teams that interact or depend on yours 2Communicate Intentionally
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    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
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    Organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs

    which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. — Mel Conway
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