Liz Mor­ri­son re­veals how com­mu­ni­ca­tion apps and high­cal­i­bre caf­feine give the agency an edge

net magazine - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten with Paul & Jean­nie McGil­livray at Re­mote by Liz Mor­ri­son, free­lanc­ing writer at Creative So­lu­tions.

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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