The world is getting smaller through digital transformation that allows anyone with a mobile device and internet access to connect with people on the other side of the globe.
This digital disruption is making the traditional office space lined with cubicles more obsolete by the day as many up-and-coming startups and enterprises have opened up to a remote work environment.
Working remotely away from a physical office in the comforts of your own home or a seaside resort is an alluring proposition for any job seeker, yet all the freedom and flexibility can be distracting from our true responsibilities.
Here’s how to create a home office environment that helps you stay focused and productive.
Why geographically-distributed SRE teams?
In today’s hyper-connected technological world, there is a need for geographically widespread technical teams to facilitate global growth. Businesses that scale to this level need global teams to handle that reach. However, as development teams continue to ramp, it quickly becomes infeasible for them to solve operational problems while also scaling the product. That’s where SREs, whose primary job is to develop software to solve operational problems, come in. Investing in geographically-distributed (GD) SRE teams is key to achieve the goal of scaling a business or product to a global audience.
In part one of this series, we discussed some of the key principles to consider when developing geographically distributed (GD) SRE teams. Similar to the first article, we’re leveraging the journey of LinkedIn’s SRE team as the point of reference for the topics discussed here in part two. Within this post, we’ll discuss growth planning, the challenges associated with being part of a remote team, and some of the unexpected advantages geographically distributed SRE teams can offer.
There are many articles out there about being an effective remote worker. Most of them focus on the basics, like building the ideal home office, following strategies for effective video conferencing, managing cabin fever, avoiding becoming a remote developer black box or improving self-discipline, motivation and communication.
But where do you go from there? People often ask me that. Julia Evans at Stripe has done a great job writing about this, and I’d like to give you my take as well.