Welcome to the (home office) jungle*
Working remotely can be great. It can also be terrible. All that freedom! All that flexibility! None of that pesky human contact! Of course, it's not all sunshine and roses (particularly that last one), and I'll be talking about how to balance remote work to get the most out of it.
I’m on my third stint as a remote worker, and like Goldilocks, I’m finding the third time is the charm — not too hot, not too cold. I’ll dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly: the happy times, the (quite literal) tears, and the many things, both large and small, employers and employees alike can do to make remote work as smooth as working in an office.
I’ve spoken twice at OSCON (2013 and 2014), twice on the main programme of linux.conf.au (2013 and 2014), five times at linux.conf.au miniconfs (2011-2014, inclusive), at OSDC in 2011, True North PHP in 2013, php[tek] in 2014, and DrupalCon Austin in 2014. Examples of my presenting style can be seen in the videos posted by linux.conf.au: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odV0mALRNBA is probably a good (and relatively short!) example of one of my earlier talks.
This is a new talk, and one that I'm excited about giving!
Adam is a PHP Agenteer (it’s totally a word) at New Relic who spends most of his time swearing at C compilers and the PHP API, usually not in that order. In between said bouts of invective, Adam works on various open source projects, including PHP, plays cricket, kayaks, and continues in his ongoing quest to find the best beer in the world. (Well, OK, it’s totally Westvleteren 12, but it’s a good excuse to drink more beer.)