The ProofHQ team continues to grow with team members in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa.
One of the reasons that we have been able to grow so quickly is that we can hire the very best people, no matter where they live. We have worked very hard to develop a strong culture that supports remote-working. This includes constant communication on Skype and regular face-to face meetups of the whole team.
Check out this Google map, which shows you the location of each ProofHQ team member.
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Here at ProofHQ we’re huge advocates of remote working. Since the shift from traditional software to cloud computing, there’s been a whole raft of collaborative applications to help teams work effectively regardless of their geographical location. This has meant that companies are able to recruit the best talent, work more efficiently enabling them to pass these savings on to their users and provide a more flexible working environment for their teams.
The topic of collaborative working has never been hotter, with the first conference about to take place, dedicated wholly to the subject. GigaOm recently coined the phrase “the human cloud” after this new web-enabled infrastructure threatens to change the way that people work the same as cloud computing did for the traditional software market. With more collaborative applications entering the marketplace than ever before, the workplace as we used to know it is starting to become unrecognisable.
Given our experience in this field, having worked remotely for some time now, we fully understand all of the challenges that this can present and have learned many lessons along the way. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing our insights with tips and advice to help guide you through the world of remote teams and collaborative working. In addition, we’ll also be giving you links to the tools that we use within our own team to aid productivity and increase efficiency.
If there are any questions that you have, that you’d like to see addressed, feel free to leave a comment or tweet us at @proofhq and we’ll be sure to cover it for you!
ProofHQ people are spread around the world. I am based in the UK and travel a lot to the US. Many of the development team are based in Poland. We are on Skype all day every day – it’s our virtual water cooler. Sometimes I sit here in the UK itching with excitement about new features.
[06:48:18] Kamil Szafranek: darag&drop proof to workspaces is almost ready
[06:48:30] Mat Atkinson: Great
[06:48:40] Mat Atkinson: The workspace to workspace?
[06:48:47] Kamil Szafranek: is the next
[06:48:55] Kamil Szafranek: will be
[06:49:08] Mat Atkinson: How are you finding drag and drop to implement?
[06:50:21] Irek Kubicki: Is it difficuilt?
[06:50:58] Mat Atkinson: Only when he is interrupted by me asking stupid questions
[06:51:08] Kamil Szafranek: no, it isn’t difficult
[06:51:12 | Edited 06:51:18] Irek Kubicki: he’s not the only one
[06:51:24] Mat Atkinson: I know
[06:51:41] Mat Atkinson: I was always the kid in the back of the car asking “Are we there yet?”
Just read and commented on a post by Brad Feld and it made me think how we manage communication here at ProofHQ.
Brad was saying how easy it is to waste time by calling a meeting about something rather than just committing an issue to email (or IM) and getting it resolved.
At ProofHQ we have a team working in London, Kent (UK), Poland and Ireland. We work together every day, but because we are dispersed over so many locations we can’t have meetings. Instead we rely on IM (Skype), email (Gmail) and the occasional call (Skype) to get things done.
Of course this can create problems and there are times when we wish we could spend more time face-to-face, but one thing we are good at is getting issues discussed and resolved fast, rather than waiting for “the next meeting”.