A Manager's Guide To Telecommuting

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Faced with a talent war, more and more companies are allowing developers to telecommute to attract the talent they need. Managing remote workers has its own unique challenges. We will go over these challenges, as well as tools available to make managing remote workers easier.

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A Manager's Guide To Telecommuting

  1. A Manager’s Guide to Telecommuting
  2.  Communicate! (There, now you can sleep through the rest of this because it all boils down to this) The Secret
  3.  What is it  Benefits of telecommuting  Identifying the responsible party  Tools  Techniques  Tips What we will cover
  4. What is it?
  5.  Not “working from home” What is it?
  6.  Not “working from home”  “Location independent” is the key word What is it?
  7. Benefits
  8.  Less time lost commuting Benefits
  9.  Less time lost commuting  Lower facilities cost Benefits
  10.  Less time lost commuting  Lower facilities cost  More productive because of fewer interruptions Benefits
  11.  Less time lost commuting  Lower facilities cost  More productive because of fewer interruptions  Some States and municipalities offer tax credits for companies that allow part or full time telecommuting. (http://www.ncsl.org/programs/employ/telecommute-chart-03.htm) Benefits
  12. It’s a Management Problem
  13.  If you are a manager, it is up to you to figure out how to manage remote developers. It’s a Management Problem
  14.  If you are a manager, it is up to you to figure out how to manage remote developers.  If you manage an IT department and you have managers that cannot manage remote developers, get new managers. It’s a Management Problem
  15. Tools
  16.  Skype Tools
  17.  Skype  irc Tools
  18.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging Tools
  19.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email Tools
  20.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs Tools
  21.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs  Desktop Sharing Tools
  22.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs  Desktop Sharing  Conferences Tools
  23.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs  Desktop Sharing  Conferences  Sandbox Server Tools
  24.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs  Desktop Sharing  Conferences  Sandbox Server  Wiki Tools
  25.  Skype  irc  Instant Messaging  Email  Google Docs  Desktop Sharing  Conferences  Sandbox Server  Wiki  Virtual machine/development environment Tools
  26. Techniques
  27.  Interaction is the key Techniques
  28.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often Techniques
  29.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting Techniques
  30.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting  Set Goals Techniques
  31.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting  Set Goals  Regularly review progress against goals Techniques
  32.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting  Set Goals  Regularly review progress against goals  Don’t go more than 1 business day without talking to each remote developer. Techniques
  33.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting  Set Goals  Regularly review progress against goals  Don’t go more than 1 business day without talking to each remote developer.  Establish clear guidelines and expectations regarding working hours. Techniques
  34.  Interaction is the key  Interact Regularly, Interact Often  Working Together !== Interacting  Set Goals  Regularly review progress against goals  Don’t go more than 1 business day without talking to each remote developer.  Establish clear guidelines and expectations regarding working hours.  Be realistic in your work hours expectations Techniques
  35. Tips
  36.  Listen carefully Tips
  37.  Listen carefully  The most important thing to remember when managing remote developers is to communicate with them! Clearly, politely, cleanly, passionately, and most of all continuously communicate with them. Tips
  38. Cal Evans Director of the PCE, Ibuildings http://techportal.ibuildings.com http://blog.calevans.com http://twitter.com/calevans cal@ibuildings.com cal@calevans.com AIM:cal@calevans.com Skype: cevans-ibuildings http://joind.in/talk/view/212 Who Am I?

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