Working Effectively Across Spacetime

Df78ed2e647f52dadaac996721a6bdfb?s=47 Nate Ebel
August 28, 2018
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Working Effectively Across Spacetime

Remote work is becoming more and more popular, but how do you build and maintain effective teams that are spread throughout space and time?

Engaged, effective remote teams don't happen by accident. They require buy-in, trust, communication and empathy. Thankfully, there are a variety of strategies & tools that help make a remote team effective and enjoyable.

In this talk we'll explore
- common concerns & how to handle them
- effective communication strategies
- how to handle different timezones
- tools to make remote workflows nice and smooth
- how to keep your team engaged and productive

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Nate Ebel

August 28, 2018
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  1. None
  2. About Me - Android dev at Udacity - last 2+

    years fully remote - currently based in Seattle @n8ebel #DCNYC18 2
  3. Our Team - 75% remote - 2 continents - 3

    countries - 4 timezones @n8ebel #DCNYC18 3
  4. remote work sounds great @n8ebel #DCNYC18 4

  5. Increasing Popularity - 60% companies offer telecommuting opportunities 1 -

    37% would change jobs to work where the want 2 - 11.5%/year increase in fully remote programmers 2 2 Gallup - https://news.gallup.com/reports/199961/7.aspx 1 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) benefits survey @n8ebel #DCNYC18 5
  6. remote success doesn't happen by accident @n8ebel #DCNYC18 6

  7. How can teams work effectively when spread across locations and

    timezones? @n8ebel #DCNYC18 7
  8. Working Effectively Across Spacetime Requires: - trust - communication -

    engagement - proper tools @n8ebel #DCNYC18 8
  9. Working Effectively Across Spacetime What We'll Cover: - benefits &

    challenges - communication strategies - team engagement - common questions @n8ebel #DCNYC18 9
  10. What Is A Remote Team? @n8ebel #DCNYC18 10

  11. What Is A Remote Team? - email & chat from

    a mobile device? - work from home once in a while? - one person that isn't colocated? @n8ebel #DCNYC18 11
  12. Our Definition Of Remote? - remote first - spread across

    locations & timezones - practices & technologies in place - 5% increase from 2012 - 2016 2 2 Gallup - https://news.gallup.com/reports/199961/7.aspx @n8ebel #DCNYC18 12
  13. Why The Distinction? - differences in technology, policies, workflows -

    easier to let things slide @n8ebel #DCNYC18 13
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  15. The Benefits @n8ebel #DCNYC18 15

  16. What's the biggest benefit to working remotely? 3 3 Buffer

    - State of Remote Work 2018 Report @n8ebel #DCNYC18 16
  17. Individual Benefits: Time - 53% say greater work/life balance "very

    important" 2 - less travel time & expense - more time with family & friends 2 Gallup - https://news.gallup.com/reports/199961/7.aspx @n8ebel #DCNYC18 17
  18. Individual Benefits: Flexibility - flexible hours - flexible location -

    cost of living - new location != new job @n8ebel #DCNYC18 18
  19. Individual Benefits: Productivity - control over working environment - fewer

    distractions -> increased flow - 10-15% increase in productivity with less observation 4 4 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0001839212453028 @n8ebel #DCNYC18 19
  20. "90% of remote workers plan on working remotely for the

    rest of their careers" 3 3 Buffer - State of Remote Work 2018 Report @n8ebel #DCNYC18 20
  21. Organization/Team Benefits - lower costs - larger talent pool -

    diversity - increased retention @n8ebel #DCNYC18 21
  22. Organization/Team Benefits - easier meetings/scheduling - increased productivity @n8ebel #DCNYC18

    22
  23. The Challenges @n8ebel #DCNYC18 23

  24. Organization: Support - must invest in supportive technologies - must

    develop clear policies & expectations - must trust employees @n8ebel #DCNYC18 24
  25. Organization: Hiring - larger talent pool to screen - screening

    a more diverse set of applicants - selecting for remote-friendly traits @n8ebel #DCNYC18 25
  26. Team: Engagement - full team communication - equal contribution -

    team building - timezones @n8ebel #DCNYC18 26
  27. What's the biggest struggle with working remotely? 3 3 Buffer

    - State of Remote Work 2018 Report @n8ebel #DCNYC18 27
  28. Individual - staying productive - boundaries - isolation - no

    catering/snacks/perks @n8ebel #DCNYC18 28
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  30. Communication Is Key @n8ebel #DCNYC18 30

  31. Communication - set expectations - be intentional - embrace various

    mediums @n8ebel #DCNYC18 31
  32. Communication: Set Expectations - async communication - core hours -

    define where communication happens @n8ebel #DCNYC18 32
  33. Communication: Be Intentional - over communicate - document & share

    your work - share questions, concerns, ideas @n8ebel #DCNYC18 33
  34. Communication: Different Mediums - escalate when needed - use video,

    emoji, images to make up for lack of non- verbal cues - always put a face to the voice - find a quite space for video @n8ebel #DCNYC18 34
  35. Intentional Engagement @n8ebel #DCNYC18 35

  36. Engagement - must be first-party citizens - buy in -

    trust from day one @n8ebel #DCNYC18 36
  37. Engagement: Group Involvement - regular sync ups & 1:1s -

    encourage casual communication - schedule time to chat as a team @n8ebel #DCNYC18 37
  38. Engagement: Group Involvement - make time to discuss & brainstorm

    in a high- bandwidth manner - value/seek input & views from everyone - groups > 1:1 @n8ebel #DCNYC18 38
  39. Engagement: Team Building - team on-sites - shared activity weeks:

    hackathons, tech-debt, etc - lunch & learn, conferences, etc @n8ebel #DCNYC18 39
  40. Engagement: Build Connections - assume good intent - protect 1:1

    time with manager - make yourself visible - build relationships @n8ebel #DCNYC18 40
  41. Refined Workflows @n8ebel #DCNYC18 41

  42. Workflows: Planning - diligently plan - document & update requirements

    - enable async assessment of progress @n8ebel #DCNYC18 42
  43. Workflows: Code & Design Review - blend async & video

    review - escalate when appropriate - leverage available tools @n8ebel #DCNYC18 43
  44. Workflows: Pair Programming - still fully possible - video chat

    & screen share @n8ebel #DCNYC18 44
  45. Workflows: QA - group video & screen share - images

    & video are invaluable - shared documents @n8ebel #DCNYC18 45
  46. Build Your Toolbox @n8ebel #DCNYC18 46

  47. Tools - must have proper technology available - network connection

    is your lifeline @n8ebel #DCNYC18 47
  48. Tools: Chat & Video - Slack - Hangouts, Zoom -

    Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc - Vysor - auto-add video to meetings & conference rooms @n8ebel #DCNYC18 48
  49. Tools: Planning & Documentation - Jira, Trello, GitHub issues -

    Confluence, GitHub wiki @n8ebel #DCNYC18 49
  50. Tools: Code & Design - GitHub, GitLab - InVision @n8ebel

    #DCNYC18 50
  51. Tools: Secret Sharing - LastPass, Dashlane @n8ebel #DCNYC18 51

  52. Tools: Misc - World Time Buddy - Doodle - Slack

    polls - QuickTime, screenshot @n8ebel #DCNYC18 52
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  54. "Do you work in your pajamas every day?" @n8ebel #DCNYC18

    54
  55. "How do you manage working across timezone differences?" @n8ebel #DCNYC18

    55
  56. "How do you stay productive when not in an office?"

    @n8ebel #DCNYC18 56
  57. "Don't you get lonely working from home?" @n8ebel #DCNYC18 57

  58. Working Effectively Across Spacetime @n8ebel #DCNYC18 58

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  60. Effective Remote Teams - communicate intentionally - cultivate engagement -

    develop remote-first workflows @n8ebel #DCNYC18 60
  61. Thank You with("n8ebel").apply { Twitter YouTube .com Medium Facebook }

    @n8ebel #DCNYC18