This week Jon is joined by Matthew Lenzi of Hanno - a globally distributed product design agency. Hanno are quite unique in the way that they run their business; a distributed team working around the world using a forward-thinking vision of 'how companies should work in the future'. They’re living the dream sold to us by the level of communication offered by the internet - something that’s quite unique and I’ve not seen anyone else do as successfully before. We talk about how they got started and made this model a success.
In this episode they cover:
- The history of Hanno; how it formed and how the idea of using a distributed team model came from.
- Using regular company retreats to work/be together in person.
- Daily communication technique, such as: PPP - plans, progress & problems.
- Working around the clock in different timezones.
- Using ‘pods’ of team members on projects.
- Letting everyone choose where and when they work, and how much they get paid.
- Pairing up remotely by planning around people's schedules.
- Over communicating.
- Introverted and extroverted personalities in distributed teams.
- How I quit my job as a janitor and became a web designer - blog post by Arnas
- Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations
- Teal Organizations
- Hanno Playbook
- Oskar the slackbot happiness tracker
- Pingpong - user testing tool