Greasing the Skids: Building Remote Teams
In the wake of the virus that-must-not-be-named (which most people misname anyway), it seems like everyone and their cat has posted some sort of opinion or how-to on making remote work, work. This is a good thing! Working remotely, particularly full-time, is hard! I've done it for my entire career (aside from an odd 14 month office period in the middle that we shall not speak of), but more relevantly, for the past two years I've been responsible for building, managing, and enabling an entirely remote team, distributed across nine timezones. Remote teams don't just happen by installing Slack and telling everyone to work on their couch: they require a lot of effort to do correctly and efficiently. But, done right, it can be a massive multiplier on your team efficiency and flexibility.
Here's how we do it. I'm going to attempt to structure this post more towards management than engineering, and so I apologize in advance if I assume terminology or knowledge which