How We Went Remote

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B302/303

Excerpt

Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team...but if you don't have the correct infrastructure in place you're just setting yourself--and your remote team members--up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it.

Description

A lot of engineering teams are considering going remote now. And why not? There are excellent people everywhere. Why limit yourself only to those who can come into the office?

Because you may not be able to support those remote workers, that’s why.

There’s a lot more to having a remote team than just hiring someone then flying him/her in to visit the mother ship a couple times a year. Without the correct infrastructure and processes in place, remote hiring will turn into an exercise in frustration for you (at the home office) and set the remote worker up for failure.

During this session we’ll discuss some of the preparations you should make before bringing remote staff on board. This will include:

  • Communication channels
  • Development methodologies and processes
  • DOCUMENTATION

Speaking experience

Last year I gave two talks at OSBridge:
* http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/682
* http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/691

Budgets don't typically enable me to speak at too many conferences, so the list is small but steadily growing.

I've not given this talk before but I have also submitted it to OSCON and YAPC::NA. It has been accepted for YAPC::NA.

Speaker

  • Geek

    VM Brasseur

    shoeless consulting

    Biography

    VM is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her almost 15 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. Currently she is splitting her time between shoeless consulting—a tech recruiting and management consulting firm—and writing a book translating business concepts into geek speak.

    VM blogs at {a=>h} and tweets at @vmbrasseur.

    Sessions

      • Title: How We Went Remote
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team…but if you don’t have the correct infrastructure in place you’re just setting yourself—and your remote team members—up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1020">VM Brasseur</a>
      • Title: A Crash Course in Tech Management
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        ‘Programmer’ and ‘Manager’ are two different titles for a reason: they’re two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1020">VM Brasseur</a>