I lead a company called TEN7 and up until the spring of 2017, we were all in on the idea that a company needed a physical space to function. In fact, I was so sold on the idea that my wife and I purchased commercial real estate in Downtown Minneapolis in 2011 just so that we were committed to making a physical space work for the company. Fast forward to 2019 and the office space is no more, TEN7 is a fully distributed company, and it's been two years since we decided to take the jump.
This session will review the process of becoming a distributed company from the point of view of someone who was fully committed to not being one, but whose point of view changed.
I'll go through:
* how we approached the evolution (staggered number of days in and out of the office)
* team requirements from a cultural perspective: mission, vision, values
* what you'll need at home
* tools we use to stay connected
* actual in-person time that we have
* effects on hiring staff
* cons (there are cons!)
I'll provide the list of steps we went through to become truly distributed, and you'll be able to use that for yourself. YMMV.
For someone who is considering changing their work model to see that converting from fully physical to fully distributed is possible and can be successful from a business and quality of life aspect.