Liz Morrison reveals how communication apps and highcalibre caffeine give the agency an edge
Liz Morrison reveals how communication apps and high-calibre caffeine give Remote an edge
Hidden down the cobbled streets of one of England’s finest medieval towns, behind the facade of a grand Georgian town house, lies a highly organised, dynamic, collaborative hive of purpose-driven software development activity.
In the shadows of the tower of the ancient town walls, where ghosts from the Norman Conquest might hide in fictional fog as echoes of horse and carriages rattled past, the modernity of Remote is all the more stark. It’s as close as we can make it to a programmer’s paradise. The latest technology is expected to work hard to create bespoke online software and mobile apps, aimed at helping remarkable teams achieve meaningful work that has a positive impact in the world.
A sense of purpose fuels and guides our company culture and the work we create. (1) We collaborate to solve problems in a conscious and connected way and develop in the shade of the closed blinds on the stunning floor-to-ceiling Georgian windows.
We’ve put a lot of thought into our management style, the way we organise our days, the vision for the company and each member of the team’s personal vision, as well the way we build our software and manage our projects and our workspace, to ensure a truly positive and supportive working environment for the entire team. There is a real and tangible sense of calm efficiency.
(2) The Remote team are connected by Slack to keep our communication flowing cleanly and to retain vital information. (3) We practice continuous integration and deployment for short, fast releases and user feedback, utilising Visual Studio Team Services for project management. VSTS also manages our Git repositories in addition to facilitating our ‘post agile’ management processes.
(4) A sleek and modern coffee machine and organic fruit deliveries on a Monday help to fuel connection and creativity. Quality coffee is a big part of our day. Organic, fair trade, Peruvian Arabica, every time.
(5) As you leave the ballroom that has become the open-plan programmer’s suite, there is a large Kanban board covered with a flow of postcards, adding a bit of reliable old-school timelessness to an otherwise cutting edge office.
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