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Remote is here. Now what? - DevFest Italia

Remote is here. Now what? - DevFest Italia

Remote is finally here, and it’s going to stay. In this talk, Marco and Gian will go through what it means to work remotely for a startup – from both a developer and a manager point of view. They’ll share some tips and tricks on how to stay organized and focused, how to manage deadlines and the team organization, how to take care of your mental health, and the pros and cons of hiring remotely. They both work for Uniwhere, a venture-backed startup that went remote-first more than two years ago and is now working with 4 different time-zones.

Talk done together with Gianluca Segato: https://giansegato.com/

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Marco Gomiero

October 17, 2020
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  1. DevFest Italia 2020 Gian Segato, founder & CEO at Uniwhere

    Marco Gomiero, Tech Lead at Uniwhere Remote is here. Now what?
  2. Gian Segato, founder & CEO at Uniwhere • Blogging at:

    giansegato.com → sign up for more content! • Twitter: @giansegato → reach out for questions Marco Gomiero, Tech Lead at Uniwhere • Twitter: @marcoGomier • Github: prof18 • Website: marcogomiero.com
  3. Uniwhere we're redesigning how college email works Berlin, Venice, New

    York, San Francisco
  4. Marco's Office

  5. Gian's office

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  7. Remote working is here.

  8. And it's here to stay.

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  11. «I miss people»

  12. «Never back»

  13. … it's personal.

  14. BUT

  15. But some powerful characteristics of remote working are objective, and

    can be leveraged.
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  18. Truth #1 Sync-work harms productivity Async is a powerful lever

  19. Truth #2 Control is an illusion With true talent it's

    counterproductive
  20. Truth #3 Hiring is easier

  21. Truth #4 People want it

  22. Why do they, though?

  23. Work from all over the world Truth #1

  24. Work when you are productive* Truth #2

  25. Build your own schedule Truth #3

  26. More family time Truth #4

  27. I'm sold.

  28. …any help?

  29. Tip & tricks: Self Productivity

  30. Prefer async communications Tip #1

  31. Avoid infinite call without actions Tip #2

  32. Quick daily sync Tip #3 by voice or message

  33. Document everything Tip #4

  34. notion.so

  35. Plan some Pair Programming Tip #5

  36. Classic screen sharing

  37. https://www.jetbrains.com/help/idea/code-with-me.html

  38. https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=MS-vsliveshare.vsliveshare-pack

  39. "Blaming time" Tip #6 Xcode, Javascript, etc..

  40. Tip & tricks: Mental and Physical Health

  41. Pajamas not allowed Tip #1

  42. Your bed is not your office Tip #2

  43. Find a "work spot" Tip #3

  44. Sit down in a proper way Tip #4

  45. Get up every hour, stretch, walk Tip #5

  46. No water on desk Tip #6

  47. After 20 minute on a screen look something 20 feet

    away for 20 seconds 20-20-20 Rule Tip #7
  48. Changing context [for a bit] helps creativity Tip #8

  49. Tip & tricks: Company Organization

  50. Bottom-up management Tip #1

  51. Bottom-up management daily stand-up weekly backlog call bi-weekly all-hands OKRs

    Tip #1
  52. Frictionless community time Tip #2

  53. Somebody might not like it this much, and that's ok

    Tip #2 Frictionless community time
  54. Tip #2

  55. Tip #3 Trust your people

  56. You'll get rewarded Tip #3 Trust your people

  57. Tip & tricks: Hiring remotely

  58. Tip #1 Beware of the legal infrastructure

  59. • Subsidiaries • Freelancing • Intermediaries Tip #1 Beware of

    the legal infrastructure
  60. Tip #2 Structure the company culture

  61. It can project your identity worldwide Tip #2 Structure the

    company culture
  62. Dare more

  63. Be fast

  64. Keep pushing

  65. Be human

  66. Seek beauty

  67. Stay curious

  68. You are as strong as the weakest of your processes

  69. Thanks Questions? giansegato.com marcogomiero.com