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Helitha Rupasinghe
Helitha Rupasinghe

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What factors are essential for productive working relationships between remote teams?

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Mia Moore

Shared values, remote-first expectations (for example, async vs. meetings when possible, etc.), and prioritizing team building!

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Helitha Rupasinghe

What's your go to team building tool?

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Mia Moore

Nothing fancy, just Zoom or similar works great :) We also use the Donut extension for Slack to help us schedule 1:1, non-work time with our teammates.

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Nice!

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Ross Angus

What I struggle with is help from my peers. Working on a complicated problem means getting into a specific headspace which can collapse if interrupted. As a result, many developers don't check their messages regularly. This means if I get stuck, an answer might be an hour or more away.

No idea how to resolve this one, as uninterrupted thinking time is absolutely necessary for development, which is why developers tend to dislike bright, noisy environments.

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Apart from hating loud situations, what helps you get into that productive mindset?

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Ross Angus

I'm an odd ball in my team in that I'm enjoying returning to the office. Although my Bandcamp library of instrumental music to block out external noise (when required) has grown significantly, since I've been doing so.

Dunno if I have a single trick to getting in the right mindset. The metaphor I often think of is that it's like a house of cards - you parse a function and slowly build up what it's doing, line by line. But if someone talks to you while you're doing this, the whole house of cards collapses.

I'm not great at holistic thinking or multi-tasking so I can't think of a way to hold this information in short-term memory, while also holding a conversation. It's just too much cognitive load. Perhaps someone should start a course - meditation for Developers!

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Well said!

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Dovile Miseviciute

I would say - respecting asynchronous communication practices, having regular check in meetings to share progress and ideas, and meeting in person from time to time to foster the non-working relationships.

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archi-jain

Working remotely have its advantages as it increased flexibility and the ability to work from anywhere, but when it comes to building and maintaining productive working relationships is quite challenging. I think Clear communication among team members is important to stay on the same page and avoid misunderstandings.

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Totally agree

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Ben Halpern

I'll throw this one out there: Time zone empathy.

Shared expectations that the boss's time zone isn't inherently the default one, over-communicating timing expectations and meeting times.

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Great example! πŸ‘

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Md. Abu Taher πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

I asked ChatGPT.

Explain like I'm five "What factors are essential for productive working relationships between remote teams?"

When people work together, even if they're not in the same place, it's important for them to be able to trust each other and to be able to communicate well. That way, they can work together to get things done. Some things that can help with this are:

  • Being kind and respectful to each other
  • Listening to what other people have to say and understanding their ideas
  • Sharing information and updates with each other
  • Having clear rules and expectations for how to work together
  • Using technology to stay connected, like video calls and chat messages

If people are able to do these things, they can work together more effectively and get more done. And that's what makes a productive working relationship.

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Adam Davis

I think asynchronous communication skills are really important. Team members need to be able to send messages that give enough context to solve problems in as few messages as possible, and anticipate problems that others might run into. Robust documentation practices can help a lot with this.

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Thank you for sharing!

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Marco Ledesma

Occasional sync up meetings. Daily stand ups, for example, are great when they’re done in small groups, ineffective when done in larger groups. I think having a nice daily for every 4 to 5 engineers works best. The reason I like these is not so much to hear about the work being done, but to rally together as a team and help others feel like they’re part of something bigger. Sometimes, being remote, you can lose focus on the bigger picture, since you may rarely hear from your teammates. It’s good to boost team morale with an occasional sync up :)

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Helitha Rupasinghe

Why not regular sync up meetings?

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