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Where Is Everyone? Tools You Can Buy and Tools You Can Build for a Connected Team

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Patti Chan @pattichan INTRIDEA …

Patti Chan @pattichan INTRIDEA

Being part of a kickass team is one of the great benefits of distributed work. But it’s hard to keep track of things like what everyone else is working on and who’s out on vacation, let alone tackle how you can get more done together. In this talk, Patti Chan will share insights from Intridea, a 50-person, 5-year-old, 100% distributed company that uses a number of third-party apps–but has also built its own internal communications tools. She’ll explore: What’s best left to third-party products? How do you know you’ve hit a wall with third-party apps and need to build your own? How do you think about developing tools if you’re not a dev shop? How do you ensure internal buy-in for new tools?

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  • 1. WHERE IS EVERYONE? TOOLS YOU CAN BUY… TOOLS YOU CAN BUILD… FOR A CONNECTED TEAM! 🌎 From + @pattichan
  • 2. WE ARE 100% DISTRIBUTED, BABY WE MAKE PRODUCTS FOR OTHER PEOPLE (AND OCCASIONALLY OURSELVES) 3 20 6 1 2 44 🌎 " ☽ $ 👥 ⌂ continents cities timezones HQ co-working spaces home offices 10 1 ☕ 💦 coffeehouses tattoo parlor
  • 3. LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH TOOLS, SHALL WE? ⚒
  • 4. (THIS IS OURS)
  • 5. WHY -* HOW DO I CHOOSE??
  • 6. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? • Debate solutions • Disseminate information • Cultivate culture aka “fun stuff” • Collaborate between teams • Collaborate between individuals • Keep records aka “boring stuff” • Search existing conversations • Share your screen ⚠
  • 7. BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY NEED TO DO? • Future: debate, discuss, plan • Past: records, context • Present day - NOW: 1. Disseminate [a lot of] information 2. Talk in real-time
  • 8. 1. WHEN YOU HAVE LOTS OF INFORMATION… FORMATTING! BOLDS! ITALICS! BULLETS! SEARCH! https://www.flickr.com/photos/synergymedia/5846191227
  • 9. 2. WHEN YOU JUST NEED TO TALK STABLE! NO-FRICTION! STICKS AROUND! https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamarcheka/4520461675
  • 10. DON’T WORRY. WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS A WHILE. THIRD PARTY TOOLS ARE ACTUALLY PRETTY RAD
  • 11. BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY NEED TO DO? 1. Disseminate [a lot of] information 2. Talk in real-time
  • 12. WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY TWO TOOLS?!
  • 13. “TOOL UTOPIA” CAN YOU SEE IT? 1. FRANKENCAT Likes data and long sentences. 2. FRANKENBUBBLE Likes all the chats.
  • 14. SO WHEN DO YOU NEED TO BUILD? MEANWHILE, AT INTRIDEA…
  • 15. WAIT! DON’T ADD TO THE MESS - USE WHAT YOU GOT IT STARTED AS A SPREADSHEET…
  • 16. WHEN WE MADE THE JUMP VERSION 1.0 AND VERSION 2.0
  • 17. BRINGING TOOLS TOGETHER TODAY: VERSION 3.0 “HOUSTON”
  • 18. HOUSTON FOR EVERYONE MISSION CONTROL FOR YOUR DISTRIBUTED TEAM
  • 19. OPEN SOURCED, FOR YOU! UTOPIA = TOOLS WORKING TOGETHER YEP, THAT MEANS US WORKING TOGETHER
  • 20. THANK YOU! JOIN US! INTRIDEA.GITHUB. IO/HOUSTON/ ! @PATTICHAN! @INTRIDEA ! " "