Click here to monitor SSC
SQLServerCentral is supported by Red Gate Software Ltd.
 
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in
 
 
 
        
Home       Members    Calendar    Who's On


Add to briefcase ««12

The Remote Balance Expand / Collapse
Author
Message
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:38 AM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: Friday, November 7, 2014 12:19 PM
Points: 2, Visits: 109
Our company's IT developers work almost exclusively from home. We use the Team Foundation Server Scrum tools and Lync to communicate over the network. Anyone can see the scrum board or burn down chart because it is located in TFS. I can communicate, camera to camera, with anyone one or group on the development team. I admit it is not as easy to collaborate as it was going to someones desk but if a team member is busy I can send them an email of my ideas for the eventual discussion. Sometimes writing down my idea has merit because when I have to explain it I truely have to understand it and can see some pitfalls already.

I live in the Seattle area and there is the Puget Sound between me and all that work in the Seattle. My commute to Seattle is 4 hours a day and Redmond and Bellevue is 5 hours because of the traffic. One company I worked out a 10 hour work day so I only had to commute Mon - Thurs and even then I got to work at 5:00 am so I could leave by 3:30 and miss most of the traffic.

Instead of sitting in traffic I go to the gym, coach little league, play golf, work in the yard. And if inspiration hits me while I am on the eliptical thinking about that bug I could not resolve I can always log in when I get home and see if it works.

Post #1543547
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:50 AM


SSCoach

SSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoachSSCoach

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: Yesterday @ 12:45 PM
Points: 17,947, Visits: 15,941
Gary Varga (2/20/2014)
I wonder if more remote working will facilitate freelancers to take more part time work e.g. Company A needs a specialist so asks for 2 days a week of Consultant X's time, Company B also requires 2 days a week so asks for 2 days a week of Consultant X's time so when Company C comes and asks for 2 days a week of Consultant X's time they have a choice whether to work longer hours to make it equivalent of a 6 say working week or push back saying that they do not have the capacity at the time. I have seen people work like this between completely isolated projects within the same company, however, not when working from home for different companies. Trust would be key.


That would be great if more companies would employ that kind of approach.




Jason AKA CirqueDeSQLeil
I have given a name to my pain...
MCM SQL Server, MVP


SQL RNNR

Posting Performance Based Questions - Gail Shaw
Post #1543604
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:55 AM


SSC-Dedicated

SSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-Dedicated

Group: Administrators
Last Login: Yesterday @ 4:55 PM
Points: 31,278, Visits: 15,736
David.Poole (2/20/2014)
A present headache is trying to employ agile methodologies across geographically disperse teams. One of the things about agile is that it encourages all participants to be co-located and that include business and technical people.

The daily stand-up is obviously difficult as is making the Kanban board suitably visible. The whole point of a wall with task cards on it is that it gives visibility to anyone who may walk past.

I'ts not an insurmountable problem but there is a bit more to remote working than setting up a VPN connection.


We use Trello at RG. It's slightly cumbersome being remote, though if I remember to check it often, it works well.







Follow me on Twitter: @way0utwest

Forum Etiquette: How to post data/code on a forum to get the best help
Post #1543609
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:17 PM
SSCrazy

SSCrazySSCrazySSCrazySSCrazySSCrazySSCrazySSCrazySSCrazy

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: 2 days ago @ 10:15 AM
Points: 2,464, Visits: 1,551
Working for a government entity we are not allowed to work from home as much as other industries due to a variety of issues. However, I do have one story to offer. One of our database admins who did not have permission to work from home and I were in a conference out of state. While we were busy at the conference one of the database servers back home failed. The admin worked from out of state on the phone and using his laptop for three and a half hours to restore service and reconfig the server. He was able to get it done and to do it quickly. And as a result it has always seemed odd that he could be trusted from 1500 miles away out of state, when he could not be trusted to do the job from 15 miles away while working at home.

M.


Not all gray hairs are Dinosaurs!
Post #1543735
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:51 PM
SSC-Enthusiastic

SSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-EnthusiasticSSC-Enthusiastic

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: Monday, June 2, 2014 9:22 AM
Points: 167, Visits: 68
Steve: Thanks for the editorial! Amen! Disconnect every now and then! And I agree/have had similar experience as many of the posters here. I've always striven to live close to "the office" - i.e. walking distance <3 miles - but that "Hawaii" idea is sounding better and better all the time! And more feasible! Thanks again!


Post #1543761
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 8:37 AM


SSC-Dedicated

SSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-DedicatedSSC-Dedicated

Group: Administrators
Last Login: Yesterday @ 4:55 PM
Points: 31,278, Visits: 15,736
BigAl (2/20/2014)
Steve: Thanks for the editorial! Amen! Disconnect every now and then! And I agree/have had similar experience as many of the posters here. I've always striven to live close to "the office" - i.e. walking distance <3 miles - but that "Hawaii" idea is sounding better and better all the time! And more feasible! Thanks again!


yw and good luck on the Hawaii plan.







Follow me on Twitter: @way0utwest

Forum Etiquette: How to post data/code on a forum to get the best help
Post #1544038
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 8:52 AM
Forum Newbie

Forum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum NewbieForum Newbie

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: Friday, November 7, 2014 12:19 PM
Points: 2, Visits: 109
So I guess I have to reply to this since it seems like such a fantasy to people. I am the guy who's company lets us work from home.

I have worked from Florida because I was there for two weeks and had only one week of vacation. I have a co worker who's wife has more vacation than he and they take a Hawaii vacation every year where he works a couple days from the hotel but gets to enjoy Hawaii when he is off work. Another co worker has family in Chicago so they went to Chicago for a month last summer and he did his work week from Chicago and took every Friday vacation so he had a month worth of three day weekends with family in Chicago.

We accomplished a huge data converstion and consolidation project that spanned 7 months while working from all these locations. It is not a fantasy it can be a reality if the mind set of being in an office changes. If I can stream a stupid cat video from You Tube I can stream a web camera meeting with the other developers.

We have co workers who have moved to other parts of the country, more than one time in some cases, and still can keep their job and all the perks that those years of service provide. The company gets to keep the intellectual property and investment in an employee. You don't have to lose that employee that knows all the company systems if they need to move.

My grand daughter got me some new pajama bottoms for Christmas and I said "Look, new work clothes". It is possible and can be productive.

Post #1544057
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 8:53 AM


Old Hand

Old HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld Hand

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: 2 days ago @ 10:19 AM
Points: 305, Visits: 1,141
Steve Jones - SSC Editor (2/21/2014)
BigAl (2/20/2014)
Steve: Thanks for the editorial! Amen! Disconnect every now and then! And I agree/have had similar experience as many of the posters here. I've always striven to live close to "the office" - i.e. walking distance <3 miles - but that "Hawaii" idea is sounding better and better all the time! And more feasible! Thanks again!


yw and good luck on the Hawaii plan.


When you have to deal with the extreme cold or the blizzard conditions on the drive into the office or on the way home, or both. It really makes you want to make that Hawaii dream a reality.
Post #1544058
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 8:59 AM


Old Hand

Old HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld HandOld Hand

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: 2 days ago @ 10:19 AM
Points: 305, Visits: 1,141
bob_balok (2/21/2014)
So I guess I have to reply to this since it seems like such a fantasy to people. I am the guy who's company lets us work from home.

I have worked from Florida because I was there for two weeks and had only one week of vacation. I have a co worker who's wife has more vacation than he and they take a Hawaii vacation every year where he works a couple days from the hotel but gets to enjoy Hawaii when he is off work. Another co worker has family in Chicago so they went to Chicago for a month last summer and he did his work week from Chicago and took every Friday vacation so he had a month worth of three day weekends with family in Chicago.

We accomplished a huge data converstion and consolidation project that spanned 7 months while working from all these locations. It is not a fantasy it can be a reality if the mind set of being in an office changes. If I can stream a stupid cat video from You Tube I can stream a web camera meeting with the other developers.

We have co workers who have moved to other parts of the country, more than one time in some cases, and still can keep their job and all the perks that those years of service provide. The company gets to keep the intellectual property and investment in an employee. You don't have to lose that employee that knows all the company systems if they need to move.

My grand daughter got me some new pajama bottoms for Christmas and I said "Look, new work clothes". It is possible and can be productive.



You got the ideal set up here Bob, congrats. I only wish my company could take that same attitude. That's the issue, the company letting you do that, opposed to the workers wanting to do it.
Post #1544069
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 9:09 AM


SSChasing Mays

SSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing MaysSSChasing Mays

Group: General Forum Members
Last Login: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:42 PM
Points: 635, Visits: 2,215
bob_balok (2/21/2014)
My grand daughter got me some new pajama bottoms for Christmas and I said "Look, new work clothes". It is possible and can be productive.

My laundry bill has dropped significantly as well.

The number of days I would have had to call off, or dump money into an un-reimbursed hotel room to make it to work this year has dropped to zero.

My job is changing, so I will have to go to Canada for several weeks of training. (That I can't do that remotely too is another question, but ...) The whole idea of remote work is finally changing as the whole broadband infrastructure is building up.

There are some jobs that just can't be done remotely, such as physical server setup, but even that can be scheduled so the sys admin and techs only have to be physically on site on rare occasion.







----------------
Jim P.

A little bit of this and a little byte of that can cause bloatware.
Post #1544080
« Prev Topic | Next Topic »

Add to briefcase ««12

Permissions Expand / Collapse