How HashiCorp Makes Writing A Priority
tl;dr: Remote work has made documentation essential and Kevin Fisher, chief staff at Hashicorp, provides this advice to managers: (1) Lead by example, larger companies should start with one team to see what works. (2) Make docs an expectation e.g. integrate writing into your interview process. (3) Establish a process defining what needs documentation i.e. a major change in a team or minor change affecting multiple teams.
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Proof Our Work-Life Balance Is In Danger (But There’s Still Hope)
tl;dr: People are "struggling to delineate between work time and personal time, and were prone to working long hours without pausing for a break." We need to find effective ways of “switching off” or risk burning out.
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Collaborative Single Player Mode
tl;dr: Radoslav shares Product Hunt's engineering principles. "The goal is never to get blocked," especially as the team is remote. Radoslav guides us through five principles - ownership, small checkpoints, coding best practices, boy scout rules and data driven decisions.
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How To Debug Distributed Teamwork, As Suggested By New Research
tl;dr: Atlassian commissioned a study on the impact of switching to remote work, on both teams and individuals. Leisa outlines 5 takeaways, including a possible "innovation drought" due to lack of spontaneous interactions, employees feeling "invisible," and more.
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Asynchronous Development For Hybrid Remote Dev Teams
tl;dr: The five tenets of async development: (1) Async is the default form of communication. (2) Git is the central element of the dev process. (3) Management tools are for planning, not updates. (4) Continuous improvement is a daily practice. (5) Dev teams are the core of the business.
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Sharing Knowledge In A Remote Team, Across Timezones
tl;dr: Knowledge sharing lacks in remote teams. Eric outlines strategies used to counter this at Buffer, including Snackchats - recored, short talks about "any topics," i.e. code, architecture, management. Knowledge sharing is built into the career development ladder.
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Microsoft Analyzed Data On Its Newly Remote Workforce
tl;dr: Meeting times dropped - more 30 min meetings and less hour long ones. Managers felt the "brunt" of the remote work, spending more time prioritizing and planning. More varied work times, as everyone has different responsibilities.
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How To Prepare Your Virtual Teams For The Long Haul
Constance Noonan Hadley
tl;dr: Due to the pandemic and economic issues, there may be a lack of clarity of a team's role within its org, fading interpersonal connections, low motivation and overwhelming workloads. This article outlines a 3 stage model for managers - triage, stabilization, and long-term care.
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How To Spot When An Employee Is Secretly Struggling
tl;dr: Check-in via Zoom polls using questions like "What is your energy level?" Some employees may still feel intimated, so go deep in 1-1s using the “Stress APGAR” framework.
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