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Working from Home
SyncNorwich Agile August 2013
Multimap
Microsoft
Axon Active
@JOHNBFAGAN
POLL
400+ employees
40 different countries
95% percent of developers working from home.
”Hire the best we could, regardless of ...
The creators didn’t meet until the company was
acquired by Amazon in 1998.
They met for the first time at a welcome party ...
Marissa Mayer, Feb 2013
"to become the absolute best place to
work, communication and collaboration will
be important, so ...
22 team members
3 Scrum teams
12 Cities
4 countries
3 continents
AXON ACTIVE
People
Communication
Process
Tools
4 THINGS 2 THINGS
people
network
USE YOUR NETWORKS
@Constraint(validatedBy = Location.class)
HIRING. WHY THE
CONSTRAINTS?
ONE BENEFIT !COMMUTING
40% likelier to divorce when
commuting longer than 45 minutes
Every 10 minutes spent commuting, an
...
CO-WORKING SPACE
HAPPY TEAM THAT DELIVER
What's an awesome communication tool?
COMMUNICATION
SCRUM
PRODUCT BACKLOG
MOQUPS.COM
JIRA (GREENHOPPER + WIKI)
SPRINT PLANNING
TEAM VELOCITY
DAILY STANDUP – 30 MINS
CHATTING
BURNING
BUILDING
BREAKING
GROOMING
MEETING (FACE TO FACE)
SPRINT REVIEW &
RETROSPECTIVE
QUARTERLY CONFERENCE
MAKE IT SOCIAL
We don’t have to be disconnected.
RUNNING CLUB
WALKING CLUB
MUSIC CLUB
BREAD CLUB
BEER CAN CHICKEN CLUB
Working From Home - Distributed Teams
Working From Home - Distributed Teams
Working From Home - Distributed Teams
Working From Home - Distributed Teams
Working From Home - Distributed Teams
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  • Why are we distributed?Same reason as MySQL”Hire the best we could, regardless of location.”Its also tough to hire in Switzerland, lots of competition with the big banks.
  • If you don’t get the right people - the best tools and processes will not help you. This applies to co-located teams and distributed teams.
  • Remote working is not suitable for everybody.You have to be a self starter. A do’er. What does that mean? A self starter?I don’t know, but in our team we do have an unusually high number of community builders But if you get the right team together, imho the team can be as efficient if not better than co-located teams.
  • Added benefit of Bridging communities. Getting new influences more opportunities than being geographically clustered together.
  • As a result, we have all past connectionsWorked togetherEducated togetherWent to same meetupsFriends
  • Why constrain yourself?Would you rather have a team of A players working remotely or team of B players co-located?Often people adhere to contraints when hiring people, location, skills, experience.You are missing great opportunities!
  • If distributed teams is seen as a weakness, you can turn it into an opportunity.There are many benefits, but commuting can be considered 1 of them.Commuting is a huge cause of health, relationship and productivity problems
  • Scrum is a very good process to enable distributed teams to get stuff doneConstant feedback cyclesYou have to delivery at end of each iterationContinuous improvement. Know when you are failing.So now I am just going to walk through this process to show you how we work, what tools we use etc..Starting with product backlog planning. Rule no.1 of distributed teams. It’s a good idea if you meet face to face.We are lucky enough that 2 teams can meet face to face every 3 weeks.
  • Cloud – don’t host this stuff your selvesThen, when the backlog is created. We print it all out on paper again for sprint planning!
  • Face to face for each teamAfter planning, we update our digital tools again, so we can distribute and start the sprint
  • Daily standup is such a important meeting for a distributed teamSometimes it’s the only point of contact30 minutes
  • HipChat or Campfire
  • Lucky to have these tools and services.
  • Transcript of "Working From Home - Distributed Teams"

    1. 1. Working from Home SyncNorwich Agile August 2013
    2. 2. Multimap Microsoft Axon Active @JOHNBFAGAN
    3. 3. POLL
    4. 4. 400+ employees 40 different countries 95% percent of developers working from home. ”Hire the best we could, regardless of location." MYSQL
    5. 5. The creators didn’t meet until the company was acquired by Amazon in 1998. They met for the first time at a welcome party in a hotel near Heathrow IMDB
    6. 6. Marissa Mayer, Feb 2013 "to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side- by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.” Y!
    7. 7. 22 team members 3 Scrum teams 12 Cities 4 countries 3 continents AXON ACTIVE
    8. 8. People Communication Process Tools 4 THINGS 2 THINGS
    9. 9. people
    10. 10. network USE YOUR NETWORKS
    11. 11. @Constraint(validatedBy = Location.class) HIRING. WHY THE CONSTRAINTS?
    12. 12. ONE BENEFIT !COMMUTING 40% likelier to divorce when commuting longer than 45 minutes Every 10 minutes spent commuting, an employee makes 10 percent fewer “social connections,” or interactions with friends, family and co-workers Umea University in Sweden & Brown Univesity 1 minute equals 0.0257 minute less exercise, 0.0387 minute less food preparation, and 0.2205 minute less sleep
    13. 13. CO-WORKING SPACE
    14. 14. HAPPY TEAM THAT DELIVER
    15. 15. What's an awesome communication tool? COMMUNICATION
    16. 16. SCRUM
    17. 17. PRODUCT BACKLOG
    18. 18. MOQUPS.COM
    19. 19. JIRA (GREENHOPPER + WIKI)
    20. 20. SPRINT PLANNING
    21. 21. TEAM VELOCITY
    22. 22. DAILY STANDUP – 30 MINS
    23. 23. CHATTING
    24. 24. BURNING
    25. 25. BUILDING
    26. 26. BREAKING
    27. 27. GROOMING
    28. 28. MEETING (FACE TO FACE)
    29. 29. SPRINT REVIEW & RETROSPECTIVE
    30. 30. QUARTERLY CONFERENCE
    31. 31. MAKE IT SOCIAL We don’t have to be disconnected.
    32. 32. RUNNING CLUB
    33. 33. WALKING CLUB
    34. 34. MUSIC CLUB
    35. 35. BREAD CLUB
    36. 36. BEER CAN CHICKEN CLUB
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