Remote work comes in many flavors, some may be the cause of indigestion ...

Remote work comes in many flavors, some may be the cause of indigestion ...

In this blog post I'll describe why remote work != remote work, what's wrong about satellites and isles, why differences in communication bandwidth are worse than overall low bandwidth and what does it have in common with osmosis & water cooler.No, I'm not going to describe pros & cons of a remote work in depth. This is well covered in many sources & in a way I couldn't have matched in a blog post (or even series). My intention is to address a very simple & well isolated issue: plenty of people, encouraged by some commonly known successful examples of…

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Distributed team ain't no team. Well, ... not unless you really strive to make it.

This is a very tricky topic. And you can beat the statement from the first sentence of post’s title easily by bringing up the well-renown examples of successful remote teams that have managed to create something really memorable (like GitHub, StackExchange, Mozilla or Basho - you know, the Riak guys) and … you will be absolutely right, but … you won’t know how much effort / determination / skill it requires until you try it on your own. Why did these teams succeed and other do struggle then? What was the distinguisher? Here’re my thoughts: The…

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