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How to set up a great remote team at No Pants festival

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My talk on setting up a great distributed(remote) team. I am sharing theoretical example on great team building from the world of sports, based on achievements of a great ice hockey coach Herb Brooks.
Practical case studies some from the IT consultancy industry featuring two big web development players Wunderkraut and Axelerant and an intern student Beate Neimane. Massive credits and thanks do go to them.

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How to set up a great remote team at No Pants festival

  1. 1. How to set up a great team? Janis Janovskis Passive Management Ltd Antwerp, March 10th, 2015
  2. 2. Why to adress?
  3. 3. Janis Janovskis @passivus Tech Entrepreneur English, Russian, Latvian Biggest team size 55 Smallest 2 Runer, chef, photographer
  4. 4. Janis Janovskis Led 55 people onsite team Then spent min 3 hours on road My weight was 130kgs Everyone was unhappy
  5. 5. Passim?
  6. 6. Passive?
  7. 7. Management?
  8. 8. Do I need? A genius The best Ordinary
  9. 9. How big?
  10. 10. –Napoleon Bonaparte “The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second; hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier..”
  11. 11. History?
  12. 12. IT - programming?
  13. 13. Governance?
  14. 14. Herb Brooks Coach of “Miracle on Ice” hockey team Lake-placid US Winter olympics 1980
  15. 15. “You’re only good as your values”
  16. 16. The Team • You need people you need • Formed team early • Perfection - “I won’t be your friend” • Knew His staff - players • Conceptual mistakes • Creativity • Led by example • No star players - team chemistry • Winning mentality
  17. 17. Remote Distributed or
  18. 18. ~By Lullabot “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ4nPJVFc eM”
  19. 19. Ernests Gabrāns
  20. 20. Steve Parks
  21. 21. No recruiters
  22. 22. • Referral schemes • Meetups • Camps • Close community circle • Reputation • No Recruiters • Word of mouth • Job Boards (experimental)
  23. 23. • Key to success • Teams kept intact • No-one has to leave • Boosts effectiveness • Self Controll • Great people • Healthy way of working • Happy People • Proactive • Emotional!!! • Responsive • No need for a brick office
  24. 24. • Less effective communication • Workflow • In innovation -> limitation
  25. 25. • Confuses clients • Investment in communications • Bonus(HUG) scheme
  26. 26. Piyush Podar
  27. 27. • Continuos traffic to website • Closed developers community • Professionals (know what is!) • Events
  28. 28. • People guarantee happy environment • 95% off office - anywhere • Time zone trackers • Micromanagement • No need for a big office!!!
  29. 29. • Trust building • Body language • Emotional!!! • Time zones
  30. 30. Wundertalks “https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6qk4- Rcw3CVJhRwhADOq4Q”
  31. 31. • Self time management • 100% remote • Well alight with hobbies and interests • Micromanagement! • No need to relocate!!!
  32. 32. • Lack of access • Lack of information • Lack of utilities • Lack of tangible feedback
  33. 33. –Herb Brooks “My recruiting key -- I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You're only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people... but somehow try to pull it out.”
  34. 34. O&A
  35. 35. @PassiveManage passivemanagement.net/contact Dankjewel

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