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Managing remote teams

Managing remote teams

Till Klampaeckel

June 05, 2013

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  1. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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/
  2. www.easybib.com [email protected] Life cycle Founded my business in 2002. Started

    working for clients. Worked from home, or wherever I wanted to. Sometimes on site.
  3. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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.
  4. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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.
  5. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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.
  6. www.easybib.com [email protected] Remote Work • How many people do remote

    work? • Are you remote, or is your client remote?
  7. www.easybib.com [email protected] Opinions • People have lots of opinions about

    remote work. • (People think) Marissa Mayer hates remote work.
  8. www.easybib.com [email protected] Am I capable? • How do I motivate

    myself in the morning? • Can I work towards a healthy schedule? • Can I communicate?
  9. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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/
  10. www.easybib.com [email protected] Tooling • Skype, VOIP, Jabber and Google Hangouts.

    • Google Drive and Dropbox to collaborate. • Github. • Servers in the cloud™.
  11. www.easybib.com [email protected] 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.