28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

How to become a Digital nomad (and how to manage them)

Amy Wagner Wagner Ventures

Session type: Case Study
Session duration: 45 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Case Study

There's a growing list of organisations choosing to operate with fully distributed teams, spawning an ever-increasing community of digital nomads.

These are citizens of the world who are re-shaping what it means to be part of a team, an office and even a country!

Communities like hashtagnomads.com (a forum and Slack group) and remote job search engines like remoteok.io are emerging every day to support the nomadic movement. But there's still so much to learn about what the impact is on our agile team dynamics and productivity.

I spent the first 6 months of 2016 travelling around Australia and New Zealand in a campervan with my partner, while working remotely. During this experience, I met nomads from around the world. With jobs like ruby on rails developers, video editors, content writers and more, they each had their own challenges and solutions when it came to playing remotely in an agile team.

Topics in this session include:

  • roles that suit nomading
  • the difference between an entire team working remotely (it's easy!), versus just a few team members (it's hard!)
  • which team maturity stage suits nomading
  • communication tools and hacks for remote working
  • when only face-to-face will do

I’ll also cover nomading problems (and solutions!):

  • managing the high expense of mobile data
  • avoiding or applying for a work visa in a different country
  • managing loneliness on the road
  • how to find routines, focus and discipline during work hours when there's so many wonderful places on your doors

About the Speaker

Amy Wagner is an independent agile coach, who has worked with many private and government teams across the UK, the EU and Australia.

Amy also co-founded an innovative music publisher, Hookline.tv. and works to support the independent music industry.


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