January 15, 2020 — WordCamp Kota Kinabalu 2019 Part 4 – The Location Independent Developer By James Hunt. A talk about going remote, digital nomads, and being location independent.
Where to find remote work, how to convince your boss to go remote.What is a digital nomad and why be location independent. Tips tricks and lessons learnt after 5 years of being a digital nomad.
October 21, 2019 — 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 that 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.