Managing Remote Developer Teams: How Buffer Set the Gold Standard - Interview with Katie Womersley

Working with a remote team has many upsides, but managing a remote developer team is one tough job to have. There are loads of challenges you wouldn’t have to worry about in an office, like possible time zone differences or making sure people feel part of the company. It requires a lot of attention to keep everything on track.

We sat down with Katie Womersley, the VP of Engineering at Buffer. She’s managing many remote engineering teams, and she shared a lot of invaluable experience she picked up over the years in dealing with all the obstacles of working with distributed teams.

Buffer set the gold standard for remote work over the last several years, working with 82 people from 15 countries all around the world. They paved the path as being one of the first tech companies working fully remotely, and they also became incredibly successful in the process, which clearly shows their way works. According to the State of Software Development 2019 survey over 70% of companies allow some degree of remote work, so these are valuable lessons for anyone.

Great article with a lot of useful insights. For example, finding the right balance between synchronous work and asynchronous work:

synchronous – chatting online, really great for being connected, bonding as a team, real-time collab, being creative with ideas

asynchronous – people answer when it suits them, little meetings, no frantic chatting, can work with their heads down
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