Virtual High Fives - Social Tools for a Distributed Team at AMA OKC

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Chris is the CEO of Formstack. This site is designed to provoke thought and discussion around leading remote-working & distributed teams, leadership development, company culture. You can visit his blog at http://www.whereismyceo.com or Formstack at http://www.formstack.com.

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  • Note how CL was supposed to speak at Mixwest but made the decision to take the remote leap and move to Charlotte. Due to quick home sell, he is there now!
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Three categories of remote tools: Communication, Collaboration (project management), Culture
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Old school, but sometimes the best way for a quick question or a discussion you don’t want to type out.
  • Three visual communication tools we use with pros and cons for each. Include how and when we most often use each of these.
  • We use hipchat for most casual communication, and it plays a huge role in our company culture.
  • Bring attention to blog and mention how you wrote a post on this a few months ago.
  • Daily Status developed by our internal team as a way to keep track of what everyone is working on throughout the day. Employees can list that day’s tasks, what they accomplished the previous day, and what challenges they are facing. Other employees on team can see these lists. Also can launch a Hangout right from your team’s Status page.
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Functionality: -organize and invite coworkers to projects -create/edit text documents within projects -upload, comment on and share files -create and assign to-do lists and tasks
  • Google Drive provides a powerful storage and sharing option. Also, it’s easy to collaborate on written projects, like proposals or support documentation.
  • Google Drive provides a powerful storage and sharing option. Also, it’s easy to collaborate on written projects, like proposals or support documentation.
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Hipchat has also become a powerful tool for all-company news, celebrations, and jokez.
  • Hipchat has also become a powerful tool for all-company news, celebrations, and jokez.
  • Chalice Points are Formstack’s version of a terrible inside joke (except we think it’s awesome)
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Marketing and Development teams use Basecamp to manage projects
  • Virtual High Fives - Social Tools for a Distributed Team at AMA OKC

    1. 1. Virtual High Fives: Social Tools for the Distributed Team Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack www.formstack.com September 12, 2013
    2. 2. Formstack’s “Why” Statement: We ship inspired software to get business done.
    3. 3. Easy to collect and manage data
    4. 4. A live survey
    5. 5. Why remote?
    6. 6. vs What is remote/fully distributed?
    7. 7. Our history with remote
    8. 8. Earn Mistrust
    9. 9. It’s not about the $$$
    10. 10. Remote Success Stories
    11. 11. Tools of the Trade Communication Collaboration Culture
    12. 12. Start with Trust & Earn Mistrust
    13. 13. Tools for Communication
    14. 14. Phone
    15. 15. GoToMeeting Google Hangout Skype Pros • Best consistency and quality of video • Lots of users without slowing down connection • Free • Easy to record Hangouts and publish to YouTube • Easy screen sharing • Great for one on one communication • Free • A lot of TVs have Skype built in now Cons • Complicated screen sharing • Cannot hold multiple meetings at same time unless you buy more users • Shaky audio/video quality • Sometimes complicated to set up • Poor group communication • Fails/drops more than the rest
    16. 16. Have a Backup Plan
    17. 17. Use the 10 Minute Rule
    18. 18. Where is my CEO?
    19. 19. Tools for Collaboration
    20. 20. Basecamp
    21. 21. Google Drive + Gmail
    22. 22. MOAR APPS
    23. 23. Don’t have a tool that’s right for your distributed culture? Build one.
    24. 24. Tools for Culture
    25. 25. BAM
    26. 26. The last mile
    27. 27. “make the first five minutes personal”
    28. 28. “hangout just for fun”
    29. 29. “communicate, communicate, communicate”
    30. 30. “get together whenever you can”
    31. 31. “make sure the first weeks of work isn’t remote”
    32. 32. “push more communication to the group”
    33. 33. “I worked in a physical office and sometimes felt remote”
    34. 34. “bad habits are magnified”
    35. 35. @cageapp
    36. 36. @daynurseryindy
    37. 37. OKC Co-working The Stadium http://www.stadium.is The 404 http://www.the404okc.com Commonwealth http://www.thecommonwealth.co
    38. 38. Any questions? Chris Byers chris.byers@formstack.com Twitter: @rchrisbyers
    39. 39. Links & Picture Creds StackExchange Remote Article: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/02/why-we-still-believe-in-working-remotely/ 37Signals Remote Book: http://37signals.com/remote GitHub: http://gigaom.com/2012/03/26/tales-from-the-trenches-github/ Starbucks Logo - http://www.campusdish.com/NR/rdonlyres/B92759C9-CA17-4148-8998- 39C785627114/86143/starbucks.gif Various Maps: http://maps.google.com Arizona: http://distanceparent.org/wp-content/Entering_Arizona_on_I-10_Westbound.jpg Marissa Mayer: http://media.salon.com/2013/02/marissa_mayer2.jpg London Tube Map: http://datavizblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/tube_map.gif Krakow: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Krakow_rynek_02.jpg Indianapolis Colts Field: http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/8d/54/e7/indianapolis-visitors.jpg Whereismyceo Screenshot: http://www.whereismyceo.com My Calendar: http://www.whereismyceo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/photo-16.jpg Various Images: http://www.formstack.com

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