I'll continue to add resources here for hybrid-remote work and for agile teams and organizations pursuing a successful hybrid-remote work setup. You can find out about updates via my newsletter.
What is our Future? Hybrid, Remote, or Something Else? (Summer 2021)
Pragmatic Programmers asked me to write a series of articles celebrating the two-year anniversary of our book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams. This series on Medium covers similar information as my Agile2021 talk of the same name.
- Part I – What You Missed About Remote Work in 2020: Choices, Autonomy and Remote Amplification
- With a brief overview of Virtual Distance concepts and implications
- Part II – What You Missed About Remote Work in 2020: The Remote Agile Framework
- Part III – What You Missed About Remote Work in 2020: Navigating Future Ripples in Remote Work
Key Conferences and Events
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Learn more about Mark Kilby's events on Remote Coaching, Facilitation, and Training. See the calendar.
Past Events on Hybrid Remote
There were a number of sessions at this conference on July 19-22, 2021 that will help you better understand how you can support teams and organizations in remote and hybrid-remote work. See the sessions here.
- Links to my slides can be found on Speakerdeck and on the Agile2021 website.
- People asked me how I filmed some of the unique video effects for my talk. Three secrets there:
- People also asked for the Mentimeter results of the poll I ran during the video/talk. Here you go:
Dropbox Virtual First Toolkit (Example of office-based to thoughtful hybrid remote)
In my talk, I reference the move Dropbox made during the pandemic and how they are constantly updating their Virtual First Toolkit. Check these links for more information
Early 2021 version – Virtual First Toolkit – some of the early work of Dropbox to go from office-based to hybrid remote
Virtual First Toolkit – June 2021 – gives more information on Dropboxes next steps
Remote Agile Framework (Remote:AF)
Learn about the Remote Agile Framework and how it can be applied at team, team of teams and enterprise level. It plays well with other frameworks too.
An 8-part series that goes into detail on how you can design how your business operates independently of location. Why might you need this? Read about some of the anti-patterns when you don't have a well-thought-out operating model.
Most people don't realize that many of the Remote:AF canvases are available on the website.
Learn how to build a hybrid remote team using the team canvas in this blog post by Andrew Blain, co-founder of Remote:AF
The obeya is a way to get a view across your team of teams, release train or your entire organization. In older lean organizations, the obeya was a room filled with constantly updated information across the organization. A virtual obeya can become more dynamic and flexible. And it's not just about the work. Pay attention to the “cultural window” into your organization as well.
Intent-based Leadership – What is a leader's role in a remote organization? Read David Martin's 2 part blog series on intent-based leadership.
- TL;DR – “A leader who wants their people to step up, take responsibility and really own their own outcomes needs to show that they care.”
- Leadership Map
- Intent based leadership in a remote world
Situational Empathy – critical for remote teams; to be modeled by leadership
Useful Videos and Podcasts on Hybrid Remote
Ben Mosior (@HiredThought) and I map out some of the needs and capabilities for hybrid-remote work in this YouTube recording (1 hour). No need to understand Wardley mapping to follow along. However, if you want to learn more about Wardley mapping to give you new tools to consider strategy, I highly recommend Ben's site, LearnWardleyMapping.com.
My Hybrid-Remote Articles, Blog Posts, and Series
Describing some of the challenges and ways to navigate those challenges of planning to return to the office.
Explaining considerations, such as inclusion, and techniques (buddy and copilot patterns in particular).
Basic concepts I've written about over the years for remote and hybrid remote organizations. Also see:
I've written a number of articles for other publications. You can find them here.
Remote Jobs & Recruiting
They are out there, you just need to know where to look. Fortunately, I have a few places for you to check out on my Remote Jobs page.
And if you are an employer wondering where you can find competent remote staff, see my Remote Recruiting page.
Other Useful Resources for Remote and Hybrid Remote Organizations
- Open Space Technology works very well with remote organizations
- Elise Keith and partners at Lucid Meetings put together some excellent process and templates for a series of conversations to discuss your changing way of work.
- Want a different take? Mural put out an excellent blog post and template for discussing the 5 key elements of hybrid work:
- Blog post on July 12, 2021 – 5 Principles for Making Hybrid Collaboration Work – I like their emphasis on “digital discipline” when working hybrid
- Mural template for these conversations – I really like the “quick pass” and the “deep pass” through these conversations. Just remember, you will likely need to do both! Of course, the emphasis on experiments works for what I recommend to my clients also.
- Our friends at Rees McCann always have excellent blog posts and newsletters on remote and hybrid remote events.
- See Lisette Sutherland‘s website, Collaboration Superpowers, for an excellent podcast on all things remote and her hybrid remote workshop.
- An Employer's Perspective on the Rise of the Hybrid Office – What did 2,000 owners, CEOs, and C-Suite members have to say about how offices and workspaces are likely to evolve in the years to come.