Growth and Management in Distributed Teams with Steve Akers

Whether you're an individual contributor or manage a large distributed team, you are bound to find some great gems in this episode

In this episode I am joined by Steve Akers, the Vice President of Engineering & Data Services at Appriss. We discuss Steve's early career starting as a software developer, touch on his growth into management, and hear about his experience growing with a large distributed team at LivingSocial. We go deep on tips for success with distributed teams, the pros and cons of hybrid office scenarios, and hear about Steve’s personal workflow for time and task management.

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Steve Akers

Thomas Lattimore

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Tips for Working from Home with Kids (with Matt Robison)

In this episode Matt and I talk about what it is like working from home with multiple kids who are also homeschooled

Working from home comes with many types of distractions. One of the primary distractions can, in many cases, be our own families. In this episode Matt and I delve into what it is like to work from home with kids who have are also homeschooled. Whether you have a family like us, live with a roommate or partner, or are single, I hope there is something to glean from our conversation.

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Traveling Full-time as a Digital Nomad with Tony Greising-Murschel

In this episode we dive into what it is like traveling and working full time as a digital nomad with your family

Every wonder what it is like to leave your home behind and hit the open road in an RV—all while working full-time? To help answer that question in this episode Tony and I talk about his family's journey of living as digital nomads both domestically and abroad.

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Tony Greising-Murschel

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Taking an In-person Conference Virtual with Avi Schwab

Avi is one of the organizers of MidCamp and n this episode we dive into what it was like to the conference 100% online

Due to efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many conferences and gatherings planned for the first half of 2020 gone virtual. One of these conferences was MidCamp, a yearly conference for designers, developers, users, and evaluators of the open source Drupal content management software.

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Product Management and Company Growth in Distributed Teams with Augustin Delaporte

In this episode I am joined Augustin Delaporte, the Director of Product Scalability at Platform.sh

In this episode I am joined on the show by Augustin Delaporte. Augustin is the Directer of Product Scalability at Platform.sh. In this episode we dive into what it was like growing with Platform.sh as a hybrid team between a central office and distributed team members. Through this discussion we touch on lots aspects of remote work life including working in cross continental teams, changing toolsets as companies grow and change, product management in distributed environments, and what it is like to be a remote employee based out of China.

Augustin Delaporte

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A Crash Course in Working from Home with Mark Shropshire

Find yourself suddenly have to work from home? This episode is a crash course in our some best practices.

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Baseline Work Setup's

  • Mark
  • MacBook Pro
  • Cable and adapter bag
  • External battery for both USB devices and MacBook
  • Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones
  • AirPod's
  • Backup wired headphones

  • Thomas

  • Macbook Pro
  • Cable and adapter bag
  • Blue-light blocking glasses
  • Bose QC35 II headphones

Best Practices for Chat Collaboration

In distributed teams chat systems the majority of communication will likely be in chat, but do we use them effectively?

When you work in distributed environment it is not uncommon to have the vast majority of the communication with your team in chat (ex: Slack). But just because we use these so often, do we use them effectively? In this episode I cover some good practices I've learned over the years working in these systems.

Staying Connected: the Human Side of Team

Just because we may be geographically apart–does not mean we should be isolated

Staying Productive While Working from Home

Working from home is great. So how do we maintain productivity while doing it?

Working from home can allow you to stay focused and get work done. It does not come without its distractions though. In this episode I get into a few ways you can stay productive while working from home.

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Why work in a distributed team?

With the various options for work environments available today, why choose a distributed team?

The pro's of working in a distributed team.