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Remote work setup?
I know since the very beginning of Onshape I have enjoyed being part of this amazing community and seeing how everyone uses Onshape and helps one another. Due to our current circumstances with COVID-19 and so many of us working from home (with our whole families in some cases), I was curious to know how everyone is set up and dealing/enjoying this change in how we work everyday. I personally have been with Onshape since before we had a public product and I have never worked in Boston where Onshape is headquartered and live in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been working remote regularly for the better part of a decade and find this method of working very freeing and productive. For me, my entire team is remote, my meetings are remote, and all the work that I do is done with cloud-based tools. My wife is also a remote worker and we both have found ways to stay out of each other's hair while being very productive. Here are some of the things that I do to try to make myself and my team feel like I am "present" on a day to day basis:
I have a home office with a desk where I have my computer setup and my wife has a standing desk on casters so she can work in any room of the house. This gives us designated places to do our thing and not get in the way of each other.
We use Slack as our internal nervous system to communicate one on one and with public and private groups. We also do video meetings and screen sharing with this as well for those quick impromptu meetings. Having some sort of chat/group meeting tool is key to us making everyone on our team with live status and feedback.
When people are in the office I use a robotic controlled iPad that I stream video on all day so that I have a virtual presence at all times in a specific place in our office. Most of my team is there so if they need to talk, I am available when possible. This does take some getting used to on both sides but I have found it a very powerful way to be close to my team. With everyone working remotely, we sometimes start a meeting and have everyone join muted so we can basically ask questions when things come up. Co-working is a good way to mimic that in office banter around a project.
Most of our tools we collaborate with are cloud based. This makes sharing and collaborating on work very easy using Google Docs and Office365 share and passing links (typically via Slack).
Although email is used, it is NOT the method our highly collaborative teams work. Email can be a time suck, as we all know, and something that I check more periodically vs realtime.
Working remotely does take discipline and good task/time management but once you figure out what works for you, remote work becomes less of a concern and I often find it more productive. How are you getting adjusted? Have you found ways to adjust and get used to not being in the office everyday? As always, we are here to help and hard at work on the next build of Onshape! ~Lou