A manager should multiply, not add

A manager should multiply, not add

If you are managing a team of people that are transporting rocks from A to B and you spend one hour picking ups rock from A and dropping them on B, you added one hour of work. If you spend that one hour procuring wheeled carts so that people don’t have to carry...
Standups should be asynchronous

Standups should be asynchronous

Quick definition: A standup is a type of meeting commonly done in software development teams and now expanding to other knowledge working teams. During the standup meeting you say what you’ve done, what you are planning to do, and whether you need help or are...
Your first tool for distributed work: the headset

Your first tool for distributed work: the headset

This is an essential tool that every worker on a distributed team or company should have, no exceptions: a headset. Let’s explore why. When working distributed you are going to be having a lot of calls and the quality of audio is important. All meetings are...
Be distributed because it’s cooler, not cheaper

Be distributed because it’s cooler, not cheaper

There are two motivations that drive the creation of distributed teams or companies: it’s cheaperthere just isn’t any available people locally There’s nothing wrong with these motivations as starting point, but if they become your sole driver for...
My biggest hiring secret: text interviews

My biggest hiring secret: text interviews

I built a kick-ass team of 6 developers in little over 6 weeks, by myself, doing all the hiring and without using any recruiters. When I tell people how I did it there’s one aspect of my hiring process that raises the most eyebrows: text interviews. When...
From bank to Google, what’s your staff onboarding like?

From bank to Google, what’s your staff onboarding like?

I remember two onboarding experiences the most. Joining Google was an amazing experience, I felt like a hero in a hero’s parade. Joining a Swiss Investment Bank made me question my life choices. Google At Google, I had clear instructions sent to me well in...