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.
Introverted and extroverted personalities in distributed teams.
How I quit my job as a janitor and became a web designer - blog post by Arnas
Pingpong - user testing tool