Yesterday, I posted photos of my front porch home office on my tech blog Global Nerdy. The porch is my home office for the duration of social distancing. Anitra also works from home, and since her work requires her to be in teleconference meetings way more than mine, she has a much greater claim to the home office. Besides, Florida is lovely in March, and the view is spectacular!
I’ve seen a number of Facebook posts asking people to post the nth photo from their phone‘s camera roll, usually as a way to get a break from all the COVID-19 news. I thought I’d offer some photos to help.
I was a remote worker for nine years, from October 2008 to 2017. As a result, I’ve developed a bag of tricks and techniques to be effective while not working in person at an office. One of them is to not work in pajamas, but to do “the three S’s” and dress up. Tampa’s climate is well-suited to my collection of short-sleeved, button-up shirts, aloha shirts, and guayaberas. Shirts are my thing as much as scarves are my sister’s thing.
Where I work — Lilypad — the development team has a daily stand-up meeting every morning. For those of you who aren’t familiar with agile practices, a daily stand-up is a short meeting where the members of a team take turns telling the others what they accomplished yesterday, the tasks they plan to take on today, and if there are any impediments in their way. It helps to ensure that the team know what’s going on, and it helps keep them coordinated.
Akira, our scrum master (an agile team facilitator) is ill, and when that happens, I step in as Pretend Scrum Master. We’ve been holding the daily stand-up remotely via Google Hangouts, and I’ve been doing it with video as I stand in our front yard. It makes for a lovely backdrop.
Have a happy and productive Friday!