We’ve been working in and out of the country for about 5 years now. We’ve worked with teams in the US and teams across the world. We started with a coder in Spain, then with developers in New York, Northern California and over the last year we’ve worked with teams in Oregon, Kansas, California, Taiwan and New Zealand. Needless to say we have yet to meet all the great people that have helped fourfour become a success over the years, but we have come to appreciate and understand the “ins and outs” of remote workers. We’re not talking about outsourcing here…just freelancers in different locations.
Here are our top 5 tips for managing a remote team
1. Communication: This is very important. First you need a good tool to manage communications, deadlines, timelines and project tickets. I use Basecamp and Codebase. Since I am the project manager it’s my job to know where everyone is on our deadlines at all times. I have some kind of chat open on my computer at all times so if anyone has a question or needs to get a hold of me at any time I am available, this way we don’t hold up the process waiting for emails to get returned.