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Remote Work:
Takeaways & Tips From
1
and the market.
“In thirty years’ time, as technology moves forward even further, peo...
2
Mozilla, 2015:
1050 paid staff
10,500+ active contributors across all continents**
87 languages
13 offices in 9 countries...
3
…we’re seeing more of these
Building on this legacy of open source….
4
So what’s the problem?
“I’ve always said,telecommuting is one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever heard.”
— Michael Bloomberg ...
5
"People are more productive when they're alone...they're more
collaborative and innovative when they're together"
— Mari...
6
"If a worker’s motivation is slumping, it’s probably
because the work is weakly defined or appears pointless,
or because ...
7
The perfect case for face-time-ism
Welcome to the Brave New World where your work is
the first thing to get you noticed
M...
8
Remote work magnifies existing work attributes, while providing
lots more benefits.
What attributes?
•Communication: inten...
9
•In person
•Assign a buddy
•Ensure introductions and protocols are addressed in
addition to tools and infrastructure
•Bu...
10
Tip #2:
Be Open. Really Open.
•Post work plans, status reports, even goals
•Document discussions in easily-locatable sp...
11
Tip #3:
Meet In Person on a Regular Basis.
•Interviews
•Orientation
•Hack & Work Weeks
•All Hands
Do it.
12
Tip #4:
Build Real Boundaries.
Separate work & home devices & spaces
Schedule
•“Thou Shalt Overlap” with
your colleague...
13
Study of Mozilla
Homa Bahrami, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
http://blog.webfwd.org/post/13973466029/code-doesnt-...
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Working Remotely: ForwardJS - January 2015

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Richard Branson thinks offices will be dead in 30 years. But Marissa Mayer wants people in the cube! What's all the controversy? Drawing from Mozilla and the market, this short presentation myth-busts common objections to distributed work teams and provides specific tips to make them effective.

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Working Remotely: ForwardJS - January 2015

  1. 1. Remote Work: Takeaways & Tips From 1 and the market. “In thirty years’ time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed.” —Richard Branson (2013)
  2. 2. 2 Mozilla, 2015: 1050 paid staff 10,500+ active contributors across all continents** 87 languages 13 offices in 9 countries and 6 time zones Infinite # of wikis * InsertWilliam Gibson quote here ** yes, including Antarctica The Unevenly Distributed Future*
  3. 3. 3 …we’re seeing more of these Building on this legacy of open source….
  4. 4. 4 So what’s the problem? “I’ve always said,telecommuting is one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever heard.” — Michael Bloomberg (2013)
  5. 5. 5 "People are more productive when they're alone...they're more collaborative and innovative when they're together" — Marissa Mayer (2013) Downplays individual thinking time as part of creative process. Myth #1: Breakthrough Ideas Only Happen in Person Being remote doesn’t mean you never see your coworkers. And really….how many breakthrough ideas can a company digest?
  6. 6. 6 "If a worker’s motivation is slumping, it’s probably because the work is weakly defined or appears pointless, or because others on the team are acting like tools.” — REMOTE Myth #2: It’s Difficult to Stay Motivated / Build a Strong Culture
  7. 7. 7 The perfect case for face-time-ism Welcome to the Brave New World where your work is the first thing to get you noticed Myth #3: If You Aren’t There, You’ll Be Forgotten
  8. 8. 8 Remote work magnifies existing work attributes, while providing lots more benefits. What attributes? •Communication: intentional, concise, thorough & clear •Organization, punctuality, availability & responsiveness •Risk of overworking •Culture: values, protocols and conflict Good news: you can manage these factors. And it’s really worthwhile to do so. tl;dr
  9. 9. 9 •In person •Assign a buddy •Ensure introductions and protocols are addressed in addition to tools and infrastructure •But: do not expect all tools to work for everyone. Tip #1*: Thou Shalt Onboard Swiftly and Thoroughly. * *These tips are to optimize working remotely; * they don’t cover things like taxes, legal stuff
  10. 10. 10 Tip #2: Be Open. Really Open. •Post work plans, status reports, even goals •Document discussions in easily-locatable spots •Plan to say and post similar things on multiple channels •Be on passive channels e.g. IRC and indicate preferred availability on your profile e.g. phone book page •Limit 1:1s to individual development vs. tasks & activities
  11. 11. 11 Tip #3: Meet In Person on a Regular Basis. •Interviews •Orientation •Hack & Work Weeks •All Hands Do it.
  12. 12. 12 Tip #4: Build Real Boundaries. Separate work & home devices & spaces Schedule •“Thou Shalt Overlap” with your colleagues at least for part of your day GO OUTSIDE http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home
  13. 13. 13 Study of Mozilla Homa Bahrami, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business http://blog.webfwd.org/post/13973466029/code-doesnt-build-software-people-build  Sync vs. Async http://stormyscorner.com/2015/01/7-reasons-asynchronous-communication-is-better-than-synchronous- communication-in-open-source.html REMOTE by 37Signals http://37signals.com/remote/ “How I Built a Startup While Traveling to 20 Countries” https://medium.com/digital-nomad-stories/how-i-built-a-startup-while-traveling-to-20-countries- f0ec3a92bc3c “Homeless On Purpose” http://lengstorf.com/remote-work-travel/ Diane Tate — @tbiz Reference Points

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