We like to keep our product teams small. A mixture of designers, engineers and product people working together to add new features and make improvements to different areas of the app. To help keep each team together, we operate with a morning stand up each day, which is designed to help keep everyone up to date. I’m not going to try to sell you on stand ups - if you haven’t heard of them, or are having difficulty in finding them useful, Jason Yip’s classic paper is a great place to start. Instead, I’d like to write about operating stand ups across multiple timezones. (read more)
Following the post Many timezones, one team - how do you stand up?, we received quite a bit of feedback and interesting ideas. Thanks for that! Today, we’d like to share our experience of how we addressed this particular issue, and how it’s working for us so far. This isn’t far from some of the feedback we got.
We created a separate Slack channel to Stand Up / Down and it’s working great so far. We reduced the time spent to Stand Up while sharing more with the team and keeping track of it. It also reduced the cost of being interrupted. (read more)