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We've been doing this at Wildbit for almost 10 years. It's been a lot of trial and error and the tools are much better now, but overall it always comes down to two things: 1. Each person must be a natural contributor 2. The team as a whole shares the same goals and are aligned. It's not any different from a team in an office, but the issues amplify and are harder to figure out. A problem team member might not become apparent until things start to get bad. I've become pretty good at reading emotions over IM in the past several years :) I wrote a post about this on Vitamin a while back: We tend to take retreats once or twice a year. It helps nail down strategy and just hang out and have fun as a team, something that really lacks from a virtual team. You can only mess around in Campfire so much. Usually after each retreat the team is on fire with productivity and ideas. Really great post. It's nice to see that more and more teams are thinking this way.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2010 on On Working Remotely at Coding Horror
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