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Experiments in
Connecting Offices
Eight Time Zones Apart
Christina Lucey, Yammer
@christinaluce
About me
In the beginning...
Yammer. 350 employees.
All engineering work in San Francisco.
2-10 people 2-10 weeks
In the beginning...
+ Royal Engineering.
In the beginning...
+ Yammer North.
Big changes
At first, we struggled.
Big changes
We couldn’t ignore the problem.
The basics
“Hockey puck”
The basics
“Skype room”
x 2
Problems
Waiting until scheduled meetings slowed us
down.
Problems
Waiting until scheduled meetings slowed us
down.
Problems
Yammer is bad for lengthy discussions.
Problems
We didn’t feel like a team.
Experiments
Reduce formality.
Go faster.
Convey complex ideas.
Reduce formality
Meet in the hallway.
Photo bomb!
Reduce formality
Reduce formality
It's ok to call in from anywhere.
Go faster
Allow “face to face” conversations.
Go faster
Skype “war room”.
Go faster
Sqwiggle.
Convey complexity
Actually work instead of just talk about it.
Balsamiq to whiteboard.
Convey complexity
What’s next
Virality!
Try more things.
@christinaluce
Christina Lucey - Yammer
Thank you
I’d love to hear about your experiences!
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Christina Lucey @christinaluce YAMMER

When Yammer established a new product group in 2013 with ten people in three different offices around the world, the team resolved not only to address potential communication problems, but to actively experiment with exciting ideas. With lessons from the bleeding edge, Christina Lucey, senior product lead, will detail what’s worked well, what hasn’t caught on and what they’ve learned about implementing new processes among far-flung offices.

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  1. 1. Experiments in Connecting Offices Eight Time Zones Apart Christina Lucey, Yammer @christinaluce
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. In the beginning... Yammer. 350 employees. All engineering work in San Francisco. 2-10 people 2-10 weeks
  4. 4. In the beginning... + Royal Engineering.
  5. 5. In the beginning... + Yammer North.
  6. 6. Big changes At first, we struggled.
  7. 7. Big changes We couldn’t ignore the problem.
  8. 8. The basics “Hockey puck”
  9. 9. The basics “Skype room” x 2
  10. 10. Problems Waiting until scheduled meetings slowed us down.
  11. 11. Problems Waiting until scheduled meetings slowed us down.
  12. 12. Problems Yammer is bad for lengthy discussions.
  13. 13. Problems We didn’t feel like a team.
  14. 14. Experiments Reduce formality. Go faster. Convey complex ideas.
  15. 15. Reduce formality Meet in the hallway.
  16. 16. Photo bomb! Reduce formality
  17. 17. Reduce formality It's ok to call in from anywhere.
  18. 18. Go faster Allow “face to face” conversations.
  19. 19. Go faster Skype “war room”.
  20. 20. Go faster Sqwiggle.
  21. 21. Convey complexity Actually work instead of just talk about it.
  22. 22. Balsamiq to whiteboard. Convey complexity
  23. 23. What’s next Virality! Try more things.
  24. 24. @christinaluce Christina Lucey - Yammer Thank you I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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