Like many of you, we’ve been receiving daily suggestions of articles offering advice and insights on how to work remotely most effectively. A lot of these lists offer some great advice, and we’ve even been included in a few such articles ourselves (links below). What struck me, however, was that there was always something in a list that felt like it was missing or that might be overstated for my specific needs. Assuming that might be the case for others out there, I asked members of the Art+Logic team to offer their own insights into tricks, concerns, and changes that help them work remotely while still staying focused and maintaining a high standard. We’ve been working remotely for almost 30 years.
With remote working becoming more common across many industries, it might seem like a recent trend. But for nearly three decades, Paul Hershenson has been at the helm of a company that is remote-first.
Hershenson co-founded US software development firm Art+ Logic in 1991. Given his wealth of experience in managing employees outside a traditional office space, he gave us some insights into the world of remote-first working.
Art & Logic is once again trying to be selected to present a panel discussion at next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. In 2014, we had a great experience there talking about things we’ve learned about doing estimates for software projects.
This year, we’ve prepared a proposal for a panel to be called “Office Free: Building the Perfect 21st Century Company” that will cover some of the lessons (and anti-patterns) about operating and working in a completely distributed company that we’ve learned over the last 25 years. (more…)