From suffering to surviving
By Jeremiah Lee • May 2021
I believed asynchronous collaboration practices and remote workforces would be the future for many industries long before the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living in exciting—and sometimes painful—times as the first generation of remote workers. If you have not felt the benefit of your employer’s rushed implementation of remote work, I hope you will give it another try in post-pandemic life.
Few of us are going to feel like we are thriving at work again until the pandemic ends. The ideas mentioned here are just a few of the practices that can help companies collaborate more efficiently, decrease alignment effort, and improve decision making. Try them out and share what you learn with other pioneers on the frontier of the future.
- Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive
- Twist’s Remote Guide to Team Communication
- Is Your Team Struggling with Remote Work? Try a Synchronous Sandwich!
- Remote-first Team Interactions with Team Topologies
- HashiCorp’s Writing Practices and Culture
- Unseen Colleagues: Communicating With Global Teams
Thank you to Roland Siebelink, Arthur Nicholls, Leah Reich, and members of the Foster writing community (Ali Q, David Burt, Joel Christiansen, Jon Allen, Stew Fortier) for reviewing drafts of this zine.
Cover illustration created for this article. © 2021 Zelly Dunsay.
I referenced 38 articles on MDN Web Docs while coding this zine.
Quarter illustration by Luca Fruzza from the Noun Project
Speed illustration by Sandiindra from the Noun Project
Stardos Stencil font by Vernon Adams, Open Font License
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