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Hanselminutes Podcast 242 - The Plight of the Remote Worker with Pete Brown

December 3, '10 Comments [6] Posted in Podcast | Remote Work
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LiveMeeting with a Panorama viewScott and Pete have both worked for Microsoft for a while now as remote workers. What works, what doesn't? Why is Scott obsessed with video portals and cameras and does it help? Pete shares his thoughts and tips on the remote life.

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Friday, December 03, 2010 1:17:40 PM UTC
In a big company, it might work differently, but I've found that in small companies, it's almost imperitive that +everyone+ be in the same boat, remote wise. If some people go into an office and others don't, things can get weird quickly. It all depends on the people involved too, but when everyone's remote, it levels the field.

Still, I can see some benefits to things like the remote presence cart idea. It'd be a fun build in any case.
Darin
Friday, December 03, 2010 3:02:26 PM UTC
Say, is it intentional that the blog post about a new Hanselminute appears way, way after I downloaded it on iTunes and listened to it?

I've noticed this for a while now, and I'm curious.
Friday, December 03, 2010 9:25:31 PM UTC
Phillip - It's sloppiness on my part. It's not automatic so I do it when I remember. I'll try to do better.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 2:41:37 PM UTC
This is a great podcast! I have been working remotely as a developer for the past 5 months and found it to be challenging, but rewarding. I found myself nodding in amazed agreement with so many of the things you and Pete discussed. I really appreciate your willingness to share your experiments and the practical day-to-day solutions you've come up with. Please keep the conversation going!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 8:29:35 PM UTC
I'd love to see this topic expanded somewhere. I'm curious about how organizations manage remote developers with regards to shared resources. For example I am currently scratching my head as to why I cannot create Database Diagrams on my SQLEXPRESS projected if I'm not connected to the VPN....my project is local. Or why VS2010 insists on putting the settings files on my home drive (mapped network resource)...so when I open it on my desktop, and then later on my laptop it picks up those settings. Those are specific examples, but the topic in general is appealing to me.

Ryan Smith
Monday, December 20, 2010 4:00:46 PM UTC
Wow. Not a lot of comments on this post.

Maybe there's just not that many report type people running around out there?

I finally got a chance to listen to the podcast. I've worked remotely for most of the last 10 years, so much of what you guys pointed out, I'm very familiar with. Good stuff. not sure about the whole "Leave a camera running pointed at me all the time" type thing. That'd be a little creepy. Maybe a virtual avatar could be shown sitting at my virtual desk while I've indicated that I'm "in" or something. Then, if someone wanted to start a conversation, they could walk up and press a big red POKE button that would fire up the camera etc.

Anyway, nice podcast!
Darin
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