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Working for a Virtual Company: How do we do it at MySQL?

A talk by Lenz Grimmer at next09

About the Talk

May 6, 2009 5:00 AM

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

While working from home is becoming a common scenario for more and more companies nowadays, MySQL has been practicing this model on a large scale from the very beginning. This session will talk about the pros and cons of working in a virtual organization, some proven best practices and tools and how both employees and the employer can benefit from this working environment. It also covers some common pitfalls and lessons learned along the way.

Some aspects covered in this talk:

  • A distributed work environment allows you to hire and employ people almost everywhere
  • Trust, Passion and Self-motivation are important aspects for this model to succeed
  • Technologies like Email, IRC/IM and VoIP become the primary means of communication. Know when and how to use them.
  • Time zone differences can become a challenge or an opportunity.

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