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What we can learn from hackers (about the definition of work)

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Spending hours a week travelling to sit in front of a screen in an office doesn't make sense when you can do the same work better from literally any other place.

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What we can learn from hackers (about the definition of work)

  1. 1. What we can learn from hackers @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  2. 2. Job van der Voort - @jobvo VP of Product at GitLab @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  3. 3. Dmitriy's story @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  4. 4. Creating something out of need and passion and wanting to share that with the world @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  5. 5. By doing that, he created a community @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  6. 6. and eventually, the foundation for a company @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  7. 7. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  8. 8. GitLab is where you bring your ideas to production Single platform for modern developers. Code review, CI, CD, monitoring in one package. about.gitlab.com @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  9. 9. >300,000 organizations NASA, IBM, Redhat, CERN, SONY, Uber, EA, Alibaba, Airbnb, etc @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  10. 10. Open source is different @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  11. 11. ~Allorganisations using open source software source: Black Duck Software Survey in 2016 @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  12. 12. 65%organisations contributing to open source software source: Black Duck Software Survey in 2016 @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  13. 13. Open source powers the world. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  14. 14. There's no denying the success of open source projects @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  15. 15. Open source is different the present and the future @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  16. 16. ..so why aren't we looking at open source on how to succesfully build software companies? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  17. 17. Office? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  18. 18. Open source projects do not have offices @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  19. 19. flash forward to today @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  20. 20. 175 people, zero offices @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  21. 21. Everyone works from home or a coworking space @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  22. 22. We can hire the best people. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  23. 23. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  24. 24. Lesson #1 You don't need an office to build great software @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  25. 25. Who likes commuting? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  26. 26. Who likes getting distracted? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  27. 27. Remote work is better @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  28. 28. Remote work is better* * but you'll have to work for it @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  29. 29. HOW? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  30. 30. Lesson #2 Work asynchronously @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  31. 31. The secret to remote work is writing everything down @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  32. 32. Every conversation should end with "Who is going to document this?" @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  33. 33. ..but this is not enough yet. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  34. 34. You will have to change the way you think about sharing information @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  35. 35. Lesson #3 Work in the open. Establish a single source of truth @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  36. 36. All our repositories, issue trackers, CI/CD, internal tools, are all public on GitLab.com. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  37. 37. All our 'internal' documentation, our methods, HR policies, processes, function definitions are all open source. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  38. 38. about.gitlab.com/handbook gitlab.com/gitlab-com/www-gitlab-com @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  39. 39. This means that we've eliminated the difference between external and internal contributor. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  40. 40. Everyone can contribute. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  41. 41. 1. office optional 2. async communication 3. work open and maintain a single source of truth @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  42. 42. Why aren't more companies doing this? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  43. 43. Working remote is not easy, it requires effort @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  44. 44. When working remotely.. You can't tap someone on the shoulder, you'll need to write them @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  45. 45. Remote work demands respect @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  46. 46. To work remotely You need to have your shit together. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  47. 47. How can we make a change? @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  48. 48. You have to start demanding async work, remote work @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  49. 49. Let's build something great together. @jobvo - about.gitlab.com
  50. 50. Find me @jobvo Check out GitLab: about.gitlab.com @jobvo - about.gitlab.com

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