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How to Manage Remote Teams Effectively

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Keynote for Conector Business Accelerator about managing remote teams effectively using communication tools such as Slack, Buffer, Trello, Basecamp and others.

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How to Manage Remote Teams Effectively

  1. 1. Hi, I’m @lexrodba
  2. 2. Remote teams Chances are, you’re one too
  3. 3. • Java developer 8+ years Freelancer IT consulting 5+ years Two stillborn startups Launched MarsBased Background
  4. 4. How do we call this? • Entrepreneurship? • Remote working? • Digital nomad? • Show-off? • Hipster? • Starbucks bum?
  5. 5. No office Yes office Travel No travel
  6. 6. Breaking the myth How do they earn my trust? How can I see if they’re really working? What if they slack off all day? How will they come to my office?
  7. 7. Wrong • Most of this assumptions come from back xp. • You’re probably not good at delegating. • You get what you pay for.
  8. 8. Traditional companies • No work? I’ll check FB. • Too much work? I’ll check FB. • No company culture. • Low employee engagement.
  9. 9. Pros of remote • Flexible schedules • No routine • Flexible calendar • More travel time • More creativity
  10. 10. Shopping list • Excellent communication skills • Discipline • High availability • Collaboration tools • Open-minded • Creativity
  11. 11. Choosing the tools • You will use the wrong ones • Again • And again • And again • Until you find the right ones… • … only for some time. • Go back to start.
  12. 12. Quality over quantity
  13. 13. Company culture Tools should be aligned with your culture • Rails: Basecamp, Github, Redbooth, Quipu • Remote: Trello, Buffer, Basecamp, Slack • Simplicity: Trello, Basecamp, Appear, Slack • Transparency: Trello, Buffer, Ghost
  14. 14. Basecamp Slack Trello Google suite Gdrive / Dropbox Appear.in Communication stack
  15. 15. Basecamp • Centralisation • Client-friendly • Reduces email • Decisions here
  16. 16. Slack • Best chat ever • Killer apps • Integrations • Team-only • Slackbot
  17. 17. Trello • Dev-friendly • GTD • Task-managing
  18. 18. Google suite Free 100% uptime Shut up & take my privacy
  19. 19. Video tools We use appear.in but Hangouts was cool too
  20. 20. Some tips • Don’t stretch the day • 2 hours of overlap between time zones • Reply ASAP, deal with it later • Company activities & retreats every now and then • Talk about it openly
  21. 21. Reading list • Read Remote: Office Not Required • Read Buffer’s blog • Read Trello’s blog • Follow @levelsio on Twitter
  22. 22. How do we call this? Let’s call it working

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