April 21, 2020 — Many WordCamp attendees are remote employees. Most will tell you how great remote working is and that it works incredibly well for a lot of businesses. But let’s be honest, it’s not for everyone. While several large companies have tried it and failed, in this talk, we’ll reveal what often gets forgotten: what a business needs to do to make it work. Further, how individuals can decide if remote work really is the future of working for them.
December 25, 2019 — Managing a remote international development team is hard. Her session includes the unique challenges the remote team faces – be it the tech team, the dev team or the operations/HR team.
It will also include what do they need to do to keep everyone on the same page, tools that they can use, solutions to some universal problems that remote team faces, if company retreats are the solution, how can startups cope with these challenges with a limited budget and why remote working may not be all that glamorous as it is often projected.
November 18, 2019 — Il lavoro da remoto è il sacro graal di molti professionisti del web: libertà, indipendenza, possibilità di viaggiare. Ma lavorare da remoto spesso significa far parte di un team, e questo pone una serie di sfide che possono facilmente trasformare il sogno di libertà, in un incubo. Analizziamo i punti di vista di chi, quotidianamente, lavora come parte di un team remoto: il project manager, lo sviluppatore, il designer, il cliente. Fra difficoltà di comunicazione, soft skills, misurazione delle performances, fiducia, socialità.
August 28, 2019 — Dee has been using WordPress as a blogger since 2008, as a web developer since 2009, and has transitioned to being a Project Manager (PM) for large-scale WordPress projects as a ‘Human’ with Human Made where she leads their team of PMs.
Dee is a huge fan of the WordPress community, organises WordPress events in Australia, and speaks at them whenever she gets the opportunity, both at home and around the world.
July 4, 2019 — Good software engineers can be found anywhere, and embracing remote working enables you to tap into that global pool. But just because you can… does that mean you should? In this talk I’ll go through some dos and don’ts, talk about some pitfalls, and hopefully guide you towards doing remote the right way. I’ll include some stories that draw on my experience working in technical recruitment for clients who have been on both sides of the do/don’t scale, as well as Automattic’s decade-plus experience as a fully-distributed company.
June 25, 2019 — Remote work is all the rage these days as more and more companies have started to go remote or offer remote friendly positions, but not everyone knows how to navigate this new reality.
I’m going to talk about the fabulous benefits of remote work, the potential pitfalls and how to mitigate them, how to hold on to your sanity, not need to shrink the kids (if you have them), and have a grand old time doing it all.
June 23, 2019 — Nearly a decade ago I started working in support at WPMU DEV, right on the front line. Our team wasn’t big, it was less than 10. Sometimes it could feel somewhat isolating. James, our CEO, would check in from time to time to see how I was and even provide some feedback. It didn’t take too long until I was promoted to Head of Support and it was then my job to find incredible people. I had a decision to make at that point, what kind of a manager did I want to be?
May 7, 2019 — Good software engineers can be found anywhere, and embracing remote working enables you to tap into that global pool. But just because you *can*… does that mean you *should*? In this talk, I’ll go through some dos and don’ts, talk about some pitfalls, and hopefully guide you towards doing remote the right way. I’ll include some stories that draw on my experience working in technical recruitment for clients who have been on both sides of the do/don’t scale, as well as Automattic’s decade-plus experience as a fully-distributed company.
January 29, 2018 — Working remotely has many benefits but also some obvious and non-obvious challenges. Discussions about remote work also often tend to be generic, however each discipline require its own kind of variations, and design isn’t different.
A lot of the tools available to designers are meant to be used in person, but what if we happen to work remotely, or we want to switch a product team to being remote? How to build trust, gather feedback and craft a unified vision? This talk takes inspiration from some of the practices of Automattic’s teams to overcome some of the unique challenges of remote working.
These solutions will also be beneficial to any designer who desires to engage with open source projects, as they are by definition remote.
December 10, 2017 — Growing up I was that kid always taking appliances apart trying to figure out how they worked. I was also that kid that only tended to focus on things that were sciency and nerdy. I missed a lot of details growing up frequently feeling out of place when clearly other children knew what was going on and I again wasn’t listening.
Entering adulthood I discovered this uniqueness had its challenges but I learned to cope and was successful at school and work. I also started developing health problems that cropped up slowly over the years – mostly attributed to weight gain and being less active physically.
Four years ago I started working 100% remote. Within a couple months I realized my brain and my ways of dealing with the focus & attention issues weren’t compatible with remote work. I struggled a lot and finally talked to my doctor. Discovering I did in fact have ADHD helped me understand a lot. Working with a professional counselor I developed a set of tools to help with attention and focus issues working remote. A side effect of all of those efforts was a drastic improvement to my physical health.
You’ll find out what tools have been successful for me and more importantly how to implement the changes in a way to set yourself up to succeed.