How to Hire and Manage Remote Teams

How to Hire and Manage Remote Teams provides practical knowledge and identifies the unique challenges in being the remote manager. Drawing on extensive experience and using real-life examples throughout, this book demonstrates and discusses techniques to consider when hiring, firing, building teams, and building culture, to help you to create and maintain a high agency, high functioning, and highly rewarding team.

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Pablo Fernandez started his journey in technology when he was 7 years old when gifted his first computer, only to find himself more intrigued by writing code than playing games. His career has spanned a number of roles, from individual contributor to CEO, which has provided him with unique insight into the working life and working requirements at multiple levels and across both technical and non-technical departments.

He has worked in small startups as co-founded – achieving successful exit with the app Watu – and in large giants including Google and banking. One consistent feature since the early 2000s has been remote working, for which he has a great interest and passion in doing it well. With his book, he hopes to encourage other managers, seniors, executives, and leaders, to embrace new and better standards in remote work spaces.

Testimonials of Pablo Fernandez as a Manager

You can find them all on his LinkedIn profile.

Jess Poore

[Pablo] created such a great collaborative way of working, had a great relationship with his team and showed me many new ways of working. In particular how to lead teams in an effective and collaborative way that are remotely based.

Jess Poore, Founder of The Together Club

David Norris

I looked to [Pablo] and his team for examples of “what good looks like” as a remote/distributed team […], I can say that Pablo had created an environment made up of the right people and where each team member felt valued and was able to function without the need to be located in the same physical environment.

David Norris, HR Director, Wifinity

Goran Jovic

[Pablo] has a unique combination of strong technical skills and good grasp of the business side of things, which allowed him to very quickly set up a distributed team from scratch, bootstrap it with an amazing workplace culture, team spirit and group cohesion. And, of course, deliver results even within the first few months.

Goran Jovic, Clojure Consultant

Table of Contents

This is a current draft of the table of contents of the book. This isn’t final yet, but just to give you an idea of what will be included.

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Building the Team
    • Hiring
    • Text Interviews
    • Time Zones (or the Roundness of Earth)
    • Legalities
    • Onboarding New Employees
    • Firing
  • Day to Day
    • Navigating the Company
    • Synchronous vs Asynchronous Communication
    • Documentation
    • Performance Improvement Plans
  • Meetings
    • Effective Meetings
    • One on One Meetings
    • Standups
  • Models to Avoid
    • The Remote Worker or Team in the Non-distributed Company
    • The Hybrid Model
  • Tools
    • Headset
    • Whiteboards
    • Other Tools
  • Being Great
    • Beyond Just Work
    • Get-togethers
    • A Course on Your Company
  • Appendices
    • The Covid-19 Pandemic
    • Credits

Testimonials of Pablo Fernandez as a Manager

You can find them all on his LinkedIn profile.

Lauren Pither

Pablo is an exceptional individual – a credible expert in his field and an inspirational leader. He built and managed a remote team with great success and fostered a strong team ethos of commitment, focus, accountability, empathy and creativity.

Lauren Pither, Service Delivery Manager, ITEK UK

Jordan Bundy

I would recommend Pablo for any leadership position, especially one looking for someone with aptitude in building and managing remote teams. Not only does he have the experience and ability to create success for a company, but he’s an excellent colleague and a joy to work with.

Jordan Bundy, Owner and Developer, Viid inc.

Rémi Sultan

He is a very thoughtful remote manager and considers his teammates as equal. During these 8 months my life has never been so flexible thanks to his insight and understanding of work life balance.

Rémi Sultan, Lead Software Engineer

Picture of Vladimir Filipović

Despite the distributed nature of the company, Pablo was brilliant at building a good culture that made us all feel included, developers and non-developers alike. He organized games and movie nights for everybody to participate from home.

Vladimir Filipović, Senior Software Engineer, Google

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