Managing remote teams

Managing remote teams

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Till Klampaeckel

June 05, 2013
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Till I’m Till Klampäckel. Good to meet you.

    I’ve been working remote most of my work-life. Development (LAMP stack), administration (Linux, devopsy stuff). (Project) Management. (Sorry!) @klimpong http://github.com/till http://till.klampaeckel.de/
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Life cycle Founded my business in 2002. Started

    working for clients. Worked from home, or wherever I wanted to. Sometimes on site.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Settling down Met one of the EasyBib co-founders

    over 12 years ago. Started freelancing for them (mostly fixing PHP code and SQL queries). In 2008 they decided to turn this website into a business and invited me to work with them. Today: Over 20 people in New York, 8 people in Berlin.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com EasyBib.com EasyBib is an citation management platform. 40

    million students use EasyBib every year. Over 1000 institutions subscribe, including 100 large US universities and 900 high schools and districts.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com ResearchReady.com ResearchReady teaches information literacy skills in a

    core curriculum. Universities and districts subscribe to give their students a research skill boost. Launched in January 2013.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Remote Work • How many people do remote

    work? • Are you remote, or is your client remote?
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Opinions • People have lots of opinions about

    remote work. • (People think) Marissa Mayer hates remote work.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Am I capable? • How do I motivate

    myself in the morning? • Can I work towards a healthy schedule? • Can I communicate?
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Communication • Straight-forward: replace “scalarium” with “opsworks”. •

    Used the opportunity to move on role-based recipes to be able to version roles in GIT. Some rights reserved by Cargo Cult http://www.flickr.com/photos/twosevenoneonenineeightthreesevenatenzerosix/
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Tooling • Skype, VOIP, Jabber and Google Hangouts.

    • Google Drive and Dropbox to collaborate. • Github. • Servers in the cloud™.
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    www.easybib.com jobs@imagineeasy.com Management perspective • Trust people. • Aim for

    remote teams, and not people. • Make an effort to talk to people. • Establish milestones and a steady flow of work.