Category: Creative Leadership

Tips for Hiring Designers for Remote Teams

Creating a great design team and designing great products means hiring great designers. Automattic has been hiring people around the world to work remotely for over 10 years. More recently, we’ve been scaling up and […]

Hangout Life

One huge advantage of remote environments: Face time is a scarce resource. This is a good thing. It makes you treat it as a valuable resource — something you have to be careful not to […]

Designing Your Remote “Office”

Photo credit: Matteo Vistocco “So, where do your designers sit?” I was at a lunch table during a design leadership conference late last year, chatting with other leaders in the industry. This question left me…confused. I […]

The Perception of Presence in Remote Teams

I often get many kinds of questions regarding remote work, often from an organizational and structural perspective. Recently however I’ve been asked a different one: “I’m a freelance about to start working remotely for a […]

Squad Goals

A few keys to distributed success Since becoming the lead of my team I’ve spent a fair bit of time helping my team members  define career growth goals and track their progress. Everyone is different […]

Organization Experiments in Progress

When I started my career in technology I thought the best thing ever was the ability to make things work, so I started learning multiple programming language and building things. I then realized people using […]

Designing a successful IRL meetup for a remote team

Automattic is a distributed company so we don’t get all that much time together.  This means that whenever we do I am always really mindful of how to make the most of it. Team meetups […]

What Problem Are We Solving?

There is no such thing as Good Design. Sure, there’s design that you personally like, which is nice. And there’s good default practices that can help you get started. But over the course of my […]

Up the hill Backwards

I wrote in June about my early experience leading a remote team and the experimental tool I borrowed from behavioral economics to help foster the growth of my teammates. The ‘tool’ is a set of […]