Remote Work

Following a lively discussion of Remote Work in the tech fields at BigSkyDevCon we would like to schedule a time for those interested in learning more about remote work and how it can happen here in your favorite place to live. It will be an opportunity to network with other remote workers (and possibly businesses looking for remote workers) but also an opportunity to learn more from those who have made it a way of life to work in tech for companies here and abroad. Food and drink will be provided to fuel the conversation. Please comment on specific subjects you would might like to have included.

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  • Doug O.

    What resources or discussions would be helpful from this point forward to organize on remote work? This will help me shape future events and maybe even locations beyond just online meetings. Thanks for keeping the conversation alive.

    August 14

    • Kermit V.

      I'm wondering if others would be interested in a few more topics that I'm interested in exploring further. One being the further discussion of tools, technologies and processes to make remote work more effective. Then use and experiment with the discussed tools in any following meetups. Those meetups could be totally remote or combined colo and remote. The learning from both scenarios would be beneficial.

      The last Remote Work meetup was beneficial, but it seemed like the remote experience and participation could be improved on with use of better tools and techniques. From which anything learned would help us be more effective and have more influence on future Remote Work situations where meetings are involved.

      2 · August 14

  • Scott S.

    Thanks for sharing this. I missed the meetup, and just finally had a chance to view the recording. I live in BZN and have been working remotely for the same company for a bit over 10 years. I manage about 10 people who are all co-located at the company campus. The company does not support the concept of remote workers in general, and have been very selective in allowing it, (out of ~300 members in the SW Dept, only about 10 of us have been allowed to be remote.) As such, I consider myself lucky, and to maintain this perk, have found it very important to stay highly visible and very actively engaged in meetings and discussions. I also try to travel to the office for face time at least every 2 months.

    To others in the BZN area, if you need to take a work break, drop me a line, we can try to meet up for coffee, lunch, beers, etc... we can discuss strategies for remote work, or where the best fishing/skiing/biking spots are.

    Cheers!

    1 · August 13

    • Ken T.

      Diane, Scott --San Diego here! UCSD grad. (in MT 20+ years)

      August 14

    • Ken T.

      Scott, I have a somewhat similar situation, though I work remotely 50 miles from the office a couple of days a week and come in the other 2 or 3. But like you, I'm one of the few who've been given this opportunity. I also manage a group of devs. I agree with you that visibility and being always reachable is very important. I also try to maintain the same type of communication whether in the office or at home --email, Skype-- so that there's no major shift my team or other office personal have to make when I'm on-site or remote.

      August 14

  • Gerald A J.

    Hi Doug et al, for those of you who have a LLC in Montana, if you use a registered agent to set it up, and you like who you are working with, do you mind sharing experience and contact info? Since I am still out of state I am looking at using a registered agent to help get me started. Thanks Gerald.

    August 10

  • Nathan S.

    For those who missed the meetup you can view the Google+ Hangout video here: http://youtu.be/KCAcHgk5Sq4

    August 1

  • Paul G.

    Sorry I missed the Meetup, but Ecuador was a little too remote for me.... Look forward to further discussions. Were there any key take-aways from the discussion? Also happy for the LaunchPad to be used for other MTP Meetups (we can host up to 20 folks).

    1 · August 1

  • Nora M.

    Harold, You mentioned a book about clean code. Would you mind posting the name of that book? By the time I leave a meeting I've forgotten it every time you mention it!

    1 · August 1

    • Ace O.

      The book is most likely "Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship" by Robert C. Martin, its very popular in many shops that believe in Agile.

      2 · August 1

    • Doug O.

      The other book Harold mentioned was Tribal Leadership by Logan et al which was focusing on teams and organizations. Figured I'd note it here too.

      1 · August 1

  • Doug O.

    Thanks everyone for attending the meetup. It was great to meet people in person in Missoula and thanks to Jon Wilson for jumping on the conference call to enlighten us on his aspect as a remote worker for a company. I would like to hold another meetup that is probably entirely remote in nature in the coming month to have a live panel of people in the meetup and then everyone else can submit questions, etc. It would be great to have more remote workers who are currently working here share their own stories and insights to complete the discussion. If you would be willing to be a panelist please reply below or message me. Again thanks!

    1 · July 31

  • Julie

    Interesting subject, and I loved being able to attend remotely since I rarely can attend meetups in person.

    July 31

  • melanie B.

    looking forward to meet u guys

    July 30

  • Ace O.

    It was good, a bit long for my tastes so I'm off, would be happy to join remotely for any followups on this!

    July 30

  • Peter D.

    Not sure I'll make it. Moving this week.

    July 30

  • Roger

    Hey, Doug. You just said to meet at Blackstone office is that the same as launchpad at the address on the original meetup .

    July 30

    • Doug O.

      Yes it is. Second floor of University Center on UM campus on north end by Pizza Hut

      July 30

  • Doug O.

    For those remote viewers we will start with Google Hangouts first. If it does not work or we're missing then we'll shift to GoToMeeting. Here are the links. Otherwise hope to see in-person folks at Blackstone office.

    Google Hangout -- https://plus.google.com/u/1/events/c8fh78j16t13ioe2s8s41j3tfvg

    GoToMeeting --
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/904880493

    If GoToMeeting here is audio only as well.
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    1 · July 30

  • Roger

    Just clarifying 5:30 mountain time

    July 30

    • Doug O.

      6:30pm Mountain Time

      July 30

    • Gerald A J.

      Thanks, I was planning to show up at 5:30 MT as well. As this will be my first meeting, how long do they usually last?

      July 30

  • Doug O.

    I am coordinating a link to GoToMeeting for those attending remotely. We will have 20 connections available so let me know by reply to this how many of you will possibly be attending remotely. I expect this session will be the start of future meetups for remote work here in Montana as interest is high which is great. Thanks everyone.

    2 · July 28

    • Doug O.

      Change of plans. I'll use GoToMeeting as a backup and try Google Hangout on Air first. Thanks to those recommending I look at that.

      July 30

    • wilson m.

      Having gone through a vendor trial myself, I can tell you that there is no best solution, and people will complain no matter what. So I suggest that we try both and take a vote. Also suggest that both be setup ahead of time so that we have a backup ready. The good thing about Hangouts is that it's free. But I would suggest that those without a webcam and microphone go to the view-only section. Give me a call if you want.

      July 30

  • Doug O.

    Here is the link to the event for tonight as a Google Hangout on Air. https://plus.google.com/u/1/events/c8fh78j16t13ioe2s8s41j3tfvg

    July 30

  • Doug O.

    Those of you who do work remotely I might ask you to offer feedback during our discussions so let me know ahead of time if interested

    1 · July 2

    • Bob S.

      If screen sharing were possible, I'd be happy to demonstrate some of the tools and techniques we use to manage projects and teams with clients and team members on 3 continents, in 10 different time zones.

      1 · July 3

    • Nora M.

      I have a client in New Hampshire who is deaf and has tunnel vision. She is the web developer for her family's business. It's been interesting trying to get a good technology match to teach her remotely. For her just to find the relevant lines of code is tough. But she is learning strategies to finding the code for CSS. PHP coming next!

      July 29

  • wilson m.

    Doug, thanks for getting GTM setup. I could use a slot as I'm in Billings and it's a bit far for me to travel. I've been telecommuting to offices in Sunnyvale for several years.

    1 · July 29

  • Diane W.

    Change of plans and vehicle availability. I'd like to attend remotely.

    July 28

  • Ace O.

    Was there any update on if this is going to be offered remotely?

    July 28

  • Gerald A J.

    Planning on attending Wednesday night, and not sure were to park. Any recommendations?

    July 28

    • Paul G.

      Gerald, there is plenty of parking on campus that is all free after 5pm. There is a car park right next to the UC and Tennis Courts that is the best option for the LaunchPad. It's pretty much across the street from where the hike to the M starts.

      1 · July 28

  • Jay Van V.

    We have an Adobe Connect setup we could use for this as well. Ping me if you would like more info.

    July 3

    • Doug O.

      Thanks for the offer Jay. Can you email me at doug at intralogix dot biz so I can ask a few questions about it?

      July 28

  • Kevin G.

    I would love to go, but just found out about this three days in advance lol are there any details yet on how to attend this session on remote work......... remotely? :)

    July 27

  • Mark R.

    I can't make this due to travel, but I'm very interested in the topic. Been working remote since 99, and have a lot of direct reports who are remote - including some in active war zones.

    3 · July 24

  • Travis C.

    I'm interested in learning about digital nomads if anyone has experience living that lifestyle. Also I won't be able to get to Missoula during the workweek. Any word on how we can connect remotely?

    July 14

  • Bob S.

    Can we login to the conversation via Google hangouts or something? :-)

    July 2

    • Doug O.

      Yes we will work out that detail.

      July 2

    • Colt F.

      When you have the details for the google hangout please post them so we can all login!

      July 8

  • Marvin B.

    Depending on how the remote connection is setup, sounds like fun! It would be nice to hear how other remote workes deal with the many issues.

    July 3

  • Ken T.

    Great topic, Doug! Regarding "specific subjects:" Most interested in how to find remote work positions. Also what one might expect as a typical arrangement. Ex: 1 week per month at corporate office? first 6 months on-site at corporate? things like that.

    2 · July 3

  • Jonathon W.

    Would love to take part in this as a full-time remote worker - sounds like a Missoula shindig, but possible with some remote hookups...

    1 · July 2

    • Doug O.

      This can be statewide. A chat about remote work does not worry about location :)

      1 · July 2

  • Nathan S.

    Doug, this might be a good discussion to have at the LaunchPad.

    1 · July 2

    • Doug O.

      Excellent idea. Thanks Nathan

      July 2

  • Paul G.

    ...and to Bob's point, we have some Cisco telepresence gear in the LaunchPad that should enable folks to join via a webex bridge.

    3 · July 2

    • Doug O.

      Thanks Paul. That would be wonderful to have it at the LaunchPad. Being summer I don't know how many can make it but hopefully will find that out soon. I will change the location to there

      July 2

  • Paul G.

    Excellent topic, and as per Nathan's suggestion, more than happy for this to take place at the LaunchPad.

    3 · July 2

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