Remote Work: An Introduction
Some of us have been forced by the pandemic to work in a new reality. Even though forced work from home != remote work, I would like to reinforce some practices that are in place in workplaces with distributed teams.
Acknowledgments: This page would not be possible without the collaboration and discussions with Nuno Santos, Silvia Bessa and Ana Rebelo
Slack, Microsoft Teams, Discord
Slack/Microsoft Teams are currently the go-to apps for teams communications. Discord is a great tool for voice. I usually leave it open at certain times of the day for impromptu communications.
Google Meets, Zoom
More tools listed in [Pair Programming Tools]
Meetings, brainstorm sessions and other ceremonies
Also, in [other tools]
- Over-communicate - Communicate with your team mates like you do in the office and do it more often
- Give the benefit of a doubt. In e-mails and chats there’s lot that is lost in messages (e.g., expressions, cultural differences). Assume the best intentions of your peers.
- Fear of missing out: An increasing concern in remote teams - establish working agreements like flexible working hours [see gitlab guide]; if a decision needs to be made, set up a working plan, deadlines and meeting/brainstorm sessions - if necessary - to write it down. Give your team and colleagues time to digest the information.
- Practice active listening and speak slowly and calmly, give some short spaces with no talk and some silence in between each intervention (e.g., eventual lag in video call) [see tips for remote working]
- Team ceremonies (Daily stand-up, item refinements and retrospective meetings) - continue to do it or be more involved. Dailies are team’s heartbeat [see tips for remote working].
- Connect your camera, we are all humans (If they don’t have a headset or webcam turned on, it’s a bit of a smell [see social])
- Get a headset
- 💡 be funny, sociable.
- Keep your Focus and plan better (not more) - Try Pomodoro technique to have periods of work and small breaks [see tips for remote working]
- Define priorities and adjust accordingly
- Small, minor tasks, leave to the end of the week - usually on a Friday afternoon
- Socialise: Have social gatherings like you have in the office - Create opportunities for a cup of tea/coffee, biscuit [see social]
- Keep your reading/book clubs
- Keep your team brainstorming sessions
- https://github.com/kkemple/awesome-pair-programming tools for pair programming
- [Blog] https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-makes-premium-version-of-hangouts-meet-free-as-more-people-work-remotely/355170/
- [Blog] https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus
Tips Remote work
[PPT] https://2019.leanagile.scot/programme/space-between-tale-remote-teams-and-distributed-working - props to my colleague @Erika Nitsch
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