The Remote Manifesto

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:

1. Work from anywhere you want

Working remotely allows you to be there for the ones you love, and be more available for them. It allows you to see more places, without ever having to commute. On top of that, working remotely removes almost every distraction.

2. Communicate Asynchronously

Don't try to mimic an office. Communicate using issue mentions and chat tools. Reduce task switching and put an end to email overload. Choose the right channel of communication according to the necessity of the task you're working on. Can it wait a few minutes, a few hours, even a few days? Don't take someone from their work if you don't have to.

If people are working from the same location, it is important that they do not skimp on writing things down.

Everyone should use the same tools to communicate.

3. Recognize that the future is unknown

Ship stuff when it's done, not when the sprint (planning) is complete.

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