I often say that there are two actions that define the line management role: one-on-ones and hiring people. This is specially true in growing organizations. If you nail these two actions, you have a good chance to truly influence, the ultimate goal, in my view, of any line manager. One of the common strategies to … Continue reading Interview candidates with an Open Source background
An important part of any (people) manager's work is to evaluate how things are going for your team members, the people under your responsibility. When managing distributed or remote teams, the one on ones (1:1) become even more relevant than in collocated environments. In extreme cases, they represent the only opportunity a manager to have … Continue reading Working in distributed / remote environments 4: one on ones (1:1s)
Agile establishes conversations as one key principle. The set up in those companies that follow agile methodologies are designed to maximise the interaction among developers and other people involved in product or service development. When working in distributed environments, the need to have those conversations does not change, but since the environment is significantly different, … Continue reading Working in distributed / remote environments 1: daily short meetings.
I have been working in distributed or remote environments (DRE) since 2003 approximately. I started back in the Canary Islands using IRC, wikis, ticketing systems, mailing lists...all designed to work remotely, avoiding VPNs. A few years later I moved to the mainland of Spain and the situation in this regard became even more complex. I … Continue reading Working in distributed / remote environments 0: presentation.
This post is the continuation of the previous one, titled Dear software manager, working in the open for the very first time? Face the challenges (I) Focus shift I understand the transition that a front line manager needs to go through when moving to work in the open as a personal journey, mostly because the … Continue reading Dear software manager, working in the open for the very first time? Face the challenges (II)