Develop a culture of accountability

Wade Foster, co-founder of Zapier, a company of 36 fully distributed members, in his Ultimate Guide to Remote Working said that running a fully remote team forces you to build more systems and processes, to grow up more quickly, to be more disciplined. One of these disciplines is evaluating performance. In distributed teams the “noise” of seeing co-workers show up …

Setting roles and expectations

Team members are more willing to trust and cooperate with other team members when they know what to expect from each other, especially in distributed teams where personal contact is limited.  Each team member should not only understand his or her role and responsibilities, but also that of their teammates.  By reducing the ambiguity of people’s roles, and sharing this …

Software development processes are your foundations

Process is usually not a top-priority when a team is co-located. Teams that reside in one office, often get by with little to no process or standardized workflows or structured communications. If co-located teams take-on remote team members, and do not develop good processes, they will experience many frustrations and loss of performance. This alone may cause them to consider …