Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made headlines in February when she banned telecommuting, as did Best Buy when it canceled its telework program shortly afterward. But according to the Families and Work Institute (PDF), remote working is on the rise: Last year 63 percent of companies reported giving employees workplace flexibility, up from 34 percent in 2005. And in a recent Gallup survey, 39 percent of employees said they spent some time working remotely. The research firm also found that remote workers put in more hours and are slightly more engaged than their office counterparts.
We all have been greatly helped by Scrum and the Agile manifesto. It freed us from waterfall planning and excessive process. But working remotely and continuous delivery need something more.
At GitLab we love to work remotely, but that means we need to communicate as effectively as possible.
The following are GitLab's eight principles for modern teams working remotely:
Contrary to what's happening in some companies, telecommuting is on the rise. The concept of the 8-to-5 office is dying an overdue death as non-traditional workplaces usurp topless cubicle farms.
There isn't a simple dichotomy of remote versus co-located work, instead there are several patterns of distribution for teams each of which has different trade-offs and effective techniques suitable for them. While it's impossible to determine conclusive evidence, my sense is that most groups are more productive working in a co-located manner. But you can build a more productive team by using a distributed working model, because it gives you access to a wider talent pool.
Ryan Wilcox has thrived as a remote employee for almost 10 years, and now works as both a consultant and dev for companies around the world as both a Toptal engineer and Founder of his own firm. He’s currently working full-time for Fanzter, a web and iOS product company.
The Remote Worker’s Tool Belt
Starting a new remote or work from home gig, be it a contract project or a full-time job, can be a little intimidating if you’re used to going into an office day after day.
Once upon a time, back in 2005, Lullabot was just two guys collaborating across several time zones. In those days, Lullabot was predominantly a Drupal consultancy and Drupal was much, much smaller.
If you can't see them, how do you know they are really working?
If you have hired remote freelancers, or a remote working dev shop, or you're employing a remote-working person, chances are you will get this question every day.
In fact, this is a question I get every day.
One of the most popular reasons as to why people end up deciding to not work remotely is that they fear not being able to focus well enough on their work. This is incredibly ironic, of course, considering how distracting an office environment can be, but it doesn’t go without reason, as working remotely comes with its own focus challenges.