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Working For A Virtual Company Next09 2009 05 06

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Working For A Virtual Company Next09 2009 05 06

  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 ●

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