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When your team is distributed

John Poelstra, Michael Doyle and I talk about how to make distributed teams efficient. We had that conversation while we were spread over 15 timezones: John in Portland, Oregon, Michael in Brisbane, Australia, and me in Boston, Massachusetts.

The conversation is republished from John’s show.

Let me know what you think!

Happy to connect to share remote facilitation approaches!


Collaboration Superpowers Podcast

I enjoyed the interview with Lisette Sutherland for the Collaboration Superpowers Podcast.

The focus of Lisette is on collaboration between people working remotely. She has a ton of ideas on how to make remote work successful.

Lisette is the author of a great book: Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely—Successfully—for Individuals, Teams, and Managers.

Check out the podcast and let me know what you think!

Graphic design of the header by Alfred Boland (reused shamelessly from the Collaboration Superpowers website)

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Office not required

Remote, Office not required is a book from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 37 Signals cofounders (the company is called Basecamp nowdays).

Capture d’écran 2014-05-20 à 22.32.17Remote is a plea for remote working. It provides arguments and solutions to those who want to try to work remotely or even organize their business so she could spend offices.

Some arguments you will find in the book among others:

  • Collaboration and communication tools are here, the missing upgrade is the human mind
  • Work don’t happen at work because of interruptions. People who have an important job to do… will do it elsewhere.

Mc Gregor’s Theory X and Theory Y, will help to understand the weakness of the arguments of opponents of remote working:

  • If I don’t see them, how would I know that they are working?
  • If I see them, I can control them

We need a mutual trust to work together… And we need to manage work, and not the presence of people on their chairs.

The book, composed of small posts, addressed also: tools, tips to work from home, coworking spaces, starting to introduce remote working in a team, work from home with customers, recruitment and onboarding.

There’s also a chapter on Open Source learnings, my favorite subject !