VSHN.timer #41: Distributed Teams

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about how to efficiently collaborate in (and with) distributed teams.

1. The current global pandemic has forced businesses of all kinds to adopt remote collaboration patterns in their teams. This does not always work, but thankfully some teams have been sharing their best practices lately. Michael Müller from Container Solutions explains how communication, collaboration, and coordination are impacted when working remotely.

https://blog.container-solutions.com/how-to-manage-distributed-teams-even-when-you-have-no-choice

2. The title of this article might sound a bit click-baity, I give you that; but we can all agree that this unprecedented situation has somewhat changed our habits. Microsoft has a strong contender in the remote collaboration tool space with Teams, quickly catching up with Zoom–not only in features, but also in security incidents, sadly.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/9/21214314/microsoft-teams-usage-coronavirus-pandemic-work-habit-change

3. Speaking about Zoom, no, we’re not going to repeat again and again that long list of security issues. No, this time we’d like to pay attention to the effects of conference calls in our psychology. Zoom calls can be exhausting and can drain your energy. This is so pervasive and important that we’ve even added a page to our Handbook about that.

https://theconvivialsociety.substack.com/p/a-theory-of-zoom-fatigue

4. This whole situation should remind us all that we’re humans, and that we can make mistakes. Take for example Cloudflare’s outage last month, apparently caused by „remote hands“ during a maintenance window, affecting many critical services.

https://www.itnews.com.au/news/remote-hands-flub-takes-out-much-of-cloudflare-546752

5. Hype is a problem, not only in technical circles, but actually even more in management, where trends and fads come and go in a blink of an eye. The „Scaling Agile @ Spotify“ paper had made lots of noise back in 2012, but it appears that the truth is much more complicated than that. Jeremiah Lee wrote an interesting rebuke of the Spotify model that you might want to read.

https://www.jeremiahlee.com/posts/failed-squad-goals/

How have you been impacted by the current situation? Have you modified your organizational structure to cope with this pandemic? Do you have any tips you would like to share with the community? Get in touch with us through the form at the bottom of this page, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.