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Dealing with the causes of stress in remote teams

Finally got around to reading Human Made’s Dealing with the causes of stress in remote teams, authored by Siobhan McKeow (who also led the WordPress Book efforts). The white paper is excellent! There are many positive benefits to remote working that are well documented elsewhere. Less documented are the specific stressors related to remote working. Prioritization, routines, and boundaries are all suggested as themes for combating stress in a remote culture.

I thought the most interesting portion was this table included from another survey regarding the biggest challenges faced by virtual teams. Pace of decision making and level of participation are hard to get right in my experience – it can be easy to have a quick Slack chat and feel like you’ve reached consensus, but if someone’s not tuned in at that particular moment, the decision making process can get messy later on. All in, well worth the time to read!

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It’s time for Philadelphia to put a Lenfest statue in the Courtyard at City Hall

A statue should be erected in Gerry Lenfest’s honor at City Hall to remind future generations of this man who made it his mission to give away as much wealth as possible before he died.

EverQuote and patent medicine

In a thread begun October 2016, Washington Post technology director Aram Zucker-Scharff tweeted about the shady advertising practices of EverQuote, a Boston-based startup. Since then these ads have become prolific on the web (and nearly as prolific are Aram’s tweets documenting the malfeasance).

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