Tiny Details for Effective Remote Work

8cd4fe568c162221af439238e2f00b7c?s=47 Tal Safran
October 13, 2018

Tiny Details for Effective Remote Work

My talk about effective remote communication from Nomad City 2018 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

The entire video can be found here: https://bit.ly/2qOQkfv

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Tal Safran

October 13, 2018
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  1. Tiny Details for 
 Effective Remote Work Tal Safran Senior

    Software Engineer, GitHub
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  8. 7 hours!

  9. Work Lunch Work

  10. Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work

    Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work
  11. Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work

    Lunch Work unch Work Work Lunch Work
  12. Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work Lunch Work Work

    Lunch Work unch Work Work Lunch Work % %
  13. How We Communicate

  14. How We Communicate Mostly written

  15. How We Communicate Mostly written Video meetings and 1-1s

  16. How We Communicate Mostly written Video meetings and 1-1s ⏱

    Large meetings are recorded
  17. How We Communicate Mostly written Video meetings and 1-1s ⏱

    Large meetings are recorded Meetings are infrequent and often optional
  18. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  19. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  20. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  21. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  22. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  23. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  24. Asynchronous Synchronous

  25. • It's urgent! Asynchronous Synchronous

  26. • It's urgent! • Hashing things out Asynchronous Synchronous

  27. • It's urgent! • Hashing things out • Personal relationships

    Asynchronous Synchronous
  28. • It's urgent! • Hashing things out • Personal relationships

    • The actual work! Asynchronous Synchronous
  29. • It's urgent! • Hashing things out • Personal relationships

    • The actual work! • Making decisions Asynchronous Synchronous
  30. • It's urgent! • Hashing things out • Personal relationships

    • The actual work! • Making decisions • Referencing past work/decisions Asynchronous Synchronous
  31. Tiny Details

  32. * Writing *

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  34. Consider Your Readers

  35. Consider Your Readers Capitalize

  36. Consider Your Readers Capitalize ❗ Punctuate

  37. Consider Your Readers Capitalize ❗ Punctuate Use formatting

  38. Consider Your Readers Capitalize ❗ Punctuate Use formatting ✏ Make

    edits
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  40. Work Pong

  41. Work Pong

  42. Work Pong Prioritize blockers

  43. Work Pong Prioritize blockers Make it actionable (or reduce hops)

  44. Work Pong Prioritize blockers Make it actionable (or reduce hops)

    Provide tons of context
  45. Work Pong Prioritize blockers Make it actionable (or reduce hops)

    Provide tons of context Show your appreciation
  46. Standups

  47. In Person Standups

  48. In Person Standups ⏱ Run long

  49. In Person Standups ⏱ Run long 5 Hard to remember

  50. In Person Standups ⏱ Run long 5 Hard to remember

    Robotic
  51. In Person Standups ⏱ Run long 5 Hard to remember

    Robotic It's a meeting
  52. Asynchronous Standups

  53. Asynchronous Standups At your own time

  54. Asynchronous Standups At your own time * Written record

  55. Asynchronous Standups At your own time * Written record Can

    include links!
  56. Asynchronous Standups At your own time * Written record Can

    include links! ✏ Can be edited!
  57. Asynchronous Standups At your own time * Written record Can

    include links! ✏ Can be edited! ↩ Can be followed up on!
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  59. Short, descriptive titles

  60. Labeled URLs Short, descriptive titles

  61. Edited for clarity Labeled URLs Short, descriptive titles

  62. Slacking Sanely

  63. Slack At Its Worst

  64. Slack At Its Worst Constant distraction

  65. Slack At Its Worst Constant distraction < Half baked thoughts

  66. Slack At Its Worst Constant distraction < Half baked thoughts

    = Hard to reference
  67. Slack At Its Worst Constant distraction < Half baked thoughts

    = Hard to reference False urgency
  68. Slack At Its Worst Constant distraction < Half baked thoughts

    = Hard to reference False urgency Information overload
  69. "What would you call an all-day meeting with unknown participants

    and no agenda?" Jason Fried
 Basecamp
  70. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  71. Synchronous Asynchronous Hard to reference Easy to reference

  72. Slacking Sanely

  73. Slacking Sanely Slow down!

  74. Slacking Sanely Slow down! Mind your notifications

  75. Slacking Sanely Slow down! Mind your notifications ↩ Use threads

  76. Slacking Sanely Slow down! Mind your notifications ↩ Use threads

    Add context
  77. Slacking Sanely Slow down! Mind your notifications ↩ Use threads

    Add context Prefer openness
  78. “Is Slack the right medium?”
 


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  80. Meetings

  81. Remote Meetings

  82. Remote Meetings Minimize frequency

  83. Remote Meetings Minimize frequency F Minimize attendees

  84. Remote Meetings Minimize frequency F Minimize attendees Use the chat

  85. Remote Meetings Minimize frequency F Minimize attendees Use the chat

    ⌚ Join early
  86. H Remote Relationships H

  87. Remote Relationships H

  88. Remote Relationships H ⏱ Be generous with 1-1s

  89. Remote Relationships H ⏱ Be generous with 1-1s Don't only

    talk about work
  90. Remote Relationships H ⏱ Be generous with 1-1s Don't only

    talk about work Keep notes! Follow up!
  91. Remote Relationships H ⏱ Be generous with 1-1s Don't only

    talk about work Keep notes! Follow up! Slack is for personality!
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  97. Don't sweat the details

  98. Thanks! @talsafran