How Remote Work Improves Diversity

in Business, Year Without Pants

A good question about The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work from Sibylle, in a comment: I was wondering how you think Automattic’s model would work for a more diverse workforce. The culture you describe in the book is very much centered on young, male, tech-savvy, western-socialised software developers. I was envisioning myself […]

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Remote work @ WordPress.com by the numbers (Infographic)

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[Update: I learned a lesson about infographic spam after posting this] Here’s a quick visual rundown on remote work and WordPress. They got a handful of things wrong: P2 and IRC should have been listed as communication tools WordPress is not strictly owned by Automattic (the company that runs WordPress.com) to call it part of the same empire […]

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Famous programmer Leaves Google Because of Remote Work Ban

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Yahoo is a curious poster child for banning remote work, as they’re not a company that’s doing very well. Yet Google has strict policies against it too, as the recent post by famous programmer Tim Bray explained: As of March 17th I’ll be an ex-employee. It’s an amicable separation in the face of irreconcilable differences: […]

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What If Managers Didn’t Get Paid More?

in Management, Year Without Pants

One of the many surprises from The Year Without Pants is that Automattic, makers of WordPress.com, doesn’t pay employees more when them become a team leader. They consider being a leader a role, not a job. One of the fun experiments this enabled for me while I worked there was to step down as lead and […]

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The Dangers of Faith In Data

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Here are the notes from my Warm Gun SF 2013 keynote, based on one of the stories from The Year Without Pants (An Amazon.com best book of 2013). Thanks to folks that were there for being a great crowd. “Faith in a source of data grows in direct relation to your distance from the collection of it” The […]

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Do You Need That Meeting?

in remote work, Year Without Pants

I’m sitting in Kevin Hoffman‘s session at UI18 on Running Better Meetings. He makes good arguments about facilitation and visual thinking and how they impact the quality of what happens during meetings. But after my experience at WordPress.com, where meetings were rare, I now struggle to comprehend how many meetings most workplaces have. What evidence is […]

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Stories from Book Tour Day 1 (w/photos)

in On Tour, Year Without Pants

I’m here in NYC all week on book tour for The Year Without Pants (full schedule here). There is nothing fancy about book tours: it’s all hustle, from organizing them, to living through them. I’m not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, who maybe have everything arranged for them. For me I take charge or organizing and planning, […]

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Q&A about The Year Without Pants

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The folks at Jossey-Bass asked me a few questions about The Year Without Pants. I’m reposting them here: You talk about having the right amount of “friction” – and that “few managers get it right.”  Yet one person’s friction is another person’s fight. How can a managers engineer “healthy” friction ? The book details how […]

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