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[TuringFest 2017] A clear-eyed look at distributed teams

[TuringFest 2017] A clear-eyed look at distributed teams

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Maria Gutierrez

September 27, 2017
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  1. A clear-eyed look at DISTRIBUTED TEAMS HELLO my name is

    María Gutiérrez VP Engineering @ FreeAgent @mariagutierrez
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  3. “How did I freelance for 10 yrs without @freeagent? Bookkeeping

    a breeze, auto invoice chasing and my support email answered in 32 minutes” @tomcopy
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  5. Committed to build a DIVERSE, HIGH PERFORMING AND HAPPY TEAM

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  10. 1/3 engineers WFH

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  18. ~180 engineers worldwide ~80 in my team DC, Portland, Boulder,

    All over the US, Scotland, India, Australia, Brazil I was working from my house in Scotland for ~5years Travelling to DC or other offices once a quarter
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  20. MIKAELA NOGLE DEJLIGE GADE ODENSE DENMARK DEAR MIKAELA, THE WEATHER

    IS FAB AND WE ARE HAVING AN AMAZING TIME ON HOLIDAY. CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU ALL THE PHOTOS! LOVE, MARIA BARCELONA 10 JUNE 92
  21. Show your COMMITMENT

  22. CRITICAL MASS Avoid snowflakes

  23. Break through GLASS CEILINGS

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  27. Treat on-site and remote FAIRLY NOT EQUALLY

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  30. @mariagutierrez Communicate INTENTIONALLY

  31. Patrick Lencioni, “Five dysfunctions of a team”

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  33. COLLABORATE daily to build trust

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  35. being visible being honest and open being responsive delivering being

    consistent
  36. SHOW YOUR WORK

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  41. ETIQUETTE Permission to play values

  42. WATCH THE WORK not the worker

  43. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Budget, law, expectations

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  47. Strengthens your company COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES

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  52. Angela Senior Software Engineer Staffordshire 1 month

  53. Thomas Head of Infrastructure Cambridge 6.5 years

  54. Anup Mobile Team Lead Sutton 4 years

  55. Eva Software Engineer Edinburgh 1.5 years

  56. “I rarely think about looking for a job at another

    company” “I see myself still working at FreeAgent in two years time” “My manager genuinely cares about my wellbeing”
  57. “I rarely think about looking for a job at another

    company” “I see myself still working at FreeAgent in two years time” “My manager genuinely cares about my wellbeing”
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  60. BE INTENTIONAL srsly!

  61. THANKS! @mariagutierrez I’ve got Winston stickers, come and say “Hi!”

    Illustrations by the amazing FreeAgent designers