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Managing remote teams

Managing remote teams

Till Klampaeckel

June 05, 2013
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    Managing remote teams.
    Working (in a) remote (team).

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    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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    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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    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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    ImagineEasy Solutions LLC
    We are an information literacy company.
    What is information literacy?

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    Commercial break
    Some rights reserved by claire.whitehouse
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/citysnidget/

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    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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    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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    Anyway
    There is more, but that’s not what I’m here for.

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    Remote Work
    • How many people do remote work?
    • Are you remote, or is your client remote?

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    Opinions
    • People have lots of opinions about remote work.
    • (People think) Marissa Mayer hates remote work.

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    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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    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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  14. Except that it isn’t, really. >:(

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    Facts
    • Everybody is different.
    • Team building is hard.
    • Work asynchronously.

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    Tooling
    • Skype, VOIP, Jabber and Google Hangouts.
    • Google Drive and Dropbox to collaborate.
    • Github.
    • Servers in the cloud™.

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  17. All good?
    Some rights reserved by Tattooed JJ
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    How does it work?
    • More or less.
    • A constant process of improving.

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    Make it work
    • It’s a good idea to see people.
    • Be responsive!

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    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.

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    Developer
    • Setup your work place.
    • Work-life-balance.
    • Be honest to yourself.

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    It’s that easy.

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    By the way — we’re hiring!

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    Questions?

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