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  • 1. Working for a Virtual Company How we do it at MySQL Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> http://lenzg.net/ 2009-05-06, next09 Conference, Hamburg
  • 2. David & Monty
  • 3. Make Superior Database Management Available and Affordable to All.
  • 4. MySQL AB, Jan 2008
  • 5. Distributed Workforce Good: Development & Support ● Good: Consulting & Training ● Good: Sales ● Less suitable: Finance & Admin ● Needs capable HR staff ● Centralized upper management ● Establish early ●
  • 6. Passion and Disagreement
  • 7. Social Aspects Trust ● Passion ● Leadership ● Self-Motivation ● Open/direct communication ● Different cultures ● Work/life balance ●
  • 8. Advantages Hire talent everywhere ● Reduced costs for facilities ● Time zone coverage ● Less distractions ● Setting your own work schedule ●
  • 9. Disadvantages Work/life balance ● Time zone differences ● Isolation ● Communication overhead ● Decision making processes ● Meeting colleagues means travelling ● Travel restrictions (Visa) ●
  • 10. Requirements Personal skills ● Communication ● ● Language ● System administration Fast/reliable Internet connection ● Platform-neutral formats/protocols ●
  • 11. Activities & Incentives
  • 12. Activities & Incentives All-company meetings ● Team meetings ● Travel budget ● Life@ Mailinglist ● Global sports day ● Global culture day ●
  • 13. Collaboration Tools Email / Mailing lists ● Intranet / Wiki ● IRC / Chat ● Skype / VoIP ● Eventum Issue Tracker ● Conference calls ●
  • 14. Questions / Discussion Thank you! Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> http://lenzg.net/
  • 15. MySQL AB, Jan 2008 ~400 Employees, ~70% work from home ● >25 Countries ● Top 5: USA, Sweden, Germany, Russia and ● Ireland 10 subsidiaries/offices ● (Uppsala, Cupertino, Munich) No change due to Sun acquisition ●