Tips from my coworker and prodigious mobile app maker Aaron Douglas on being mindful during video calls. Great tips, not just for remote workers, either. “I’ve come up with a bunch of little tweaks to help with attentiveness and mindfulness during the call. It is important to show you’re listening.”
Automattic Holiday Video à la Remote Work (2017)
Automattic is an all-remote company comprised of over 500 people across 50 countries. We work from homes, shared offices, cars, and planes to make the Web a better place. At Automattic our motto is, ”I will never stop learning.” In that spirit, we made this video.
Automatticians shared home-shot videos from all over. And we stitched them together… Don’t worry. Based upon this video, we don’t expect to try to go into the entertainment business anytime soon. But you’ll certainly get a sense of the many environments we work from. Come join us!
I had a ton of fun singing this cheerful holiday song and dancing along with coworkers all over the world. 🎄 🎅🏼
Curious about how it came together? See our Party Wrangler John’s How To Make A Fully Distributed Company’s Holiday Video.
Penny Allen on Key Traits of Technologists
Penny Allen, quality lead for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) inspired me with her keynote at PNSQC as she described six key traits of a technologist.
- Curiosity beyond “what does it do?”
- Inventive problem solver
- Self-driven learner
- Coherent communicator
- Open-minded but practical
- Adept at finding the signal in the noise
View the full video of her talk: Quality Engineering 2017: Trends, Tricks, and Traps. This slide appears at 32:42.
(Video) CSS Grid Changes Everything
If you make websites, this is must-watch TV: CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts) with Morten Rands-Hendriksen at WordCamp Europe 2017.
An educational and engaging presentation by @mor10 (epic pun on his Twitter handle!) that explains everything you need to know to move past
flex and start using CSS grid today in your web design or WordPress theme.
View links and slides on the author’s site; source: WordPress YouTube channel.
Looking Great on Video Calls
Tips for video calls and looking good on a webcam, via Lemony. A coworker shared this internally at Automattic a few months back, and I love it as a reference to look my best when on a video call such as a Google Hangout.
I also love this “googly eyes” trick from adulting for remembering to look at the camera on your laptop or monitor.