Presentation: Remote Working Approaches That Worked (And Some That Didn’t)

Track: Leading Distributed Teams

Location: Mountbatten, 6th flr.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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C4 Media, the company behind InfoQ and QCon, is the second all remote company I’ve worked at, but the first one where I felt that remote working genuinely works as well as it would if the team was co-located. Drawing on these personal experiences, and also on discussions with a number of friends working remotely, I want to share some lessons I’ve learned so you can spot common pitfalls and avoid them.

We’ll look at topics including:

  • How to decide if remote working is right for you
  • Common pitfalls of remote working and mitigations you can take to avoid them
  • Specific techniques for managing remote teams
  • How C4 Media creates a shared sense of purpose with an all-remote workforce

While primarily aimed at remote workers and managers, I hope the talk will also contain helpful advice for anyone in a management/leadership role, even if you aren’t dealing with an entirely remote team. Although I think that remote working amplifies some challenges, many of these exist in non-remote environments too.

Speaker: Charles Humble

Head of Editorial

Charles Humble took over as head of the editorial team at in March 2014, guiding the content creation including news, articles, books, video presentations and interviews. Prior to taking on the full-time role at InfoQ, Charles led our Java coverage, and was CTO for PRPi Consulting, a renumeration research firm that was acquired by PwC in July 2012. For PRPi he had overall responsibility for the development of all the custom software used within the company. He has worked in enterprise software for around 20 years as a developer, architect and development manager. In his spare time he writes music as 1/3 of London-based ambient techno group Twofish, whose debut album came out in February 2014 after 14 years of messing about with expensive toys, and spends as much time as he can with his wife and young family.

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