re: Focus on outcomes, not hours spent in the office VIEW POST

re: HI Sten. I really enjoy your post. However, I just started the start-up project and all of my development team is working over-sea. It is being qui...

'Outcome is really bad' is a vague term for me.

  • Bad in the sense of bad quality?
  • Bad in the sense of no or little delivery?
  • Bad in the sense of little or no transparency?

First can be addressed by enabling proper code review, design guidelines and a involved technical team lead.

All the above three can be addressed easily by periodic check-in. Define the periodic check-in's and what's expected after each phase. This will ensure that there are no surprises at the end. The involvement of product owners is as important and sometimes more important than others. Product owners should be part of these check-in and flag anything that doesn't meet expectations right away.

Managing and working with a remote team is skill and luckily I have always worked with a mix of remote plus office folks. You have to try out things that work for you like tools for collaboration, what's the sync up frequency between teams, etc. Setting up a team from ground up takes time and you should be open for difficulties during the initial phase. Take lessons out of all this and apply them to your next improved process.

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