What New Jersey Metal band knows nothing Working from home Just when you thought that Yahoo! (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer recent edict to force everyone to actually show up to their offices may alter their pajamas own work from home life, I recently found a great example of a successful distributed team that shows that you can do and can help convince your own company you do not have to be in his office every day to get stuff done. Like many other companies in this equipment uses online tools like Dropbox for file sharing, Google (GOOG) Docs for collaboration, and social media to distribute their products and communicate with their fans.
Not a web or software company has realized, it is a progressive metal noise band called Dillinger Escape Plan. Yes, New Jersey metalheads have figured out how to manage a distributed team in a very effective way of writing-songs, practicing for shows and booking tours in different locations around the country. Some 15 years after the band’s existence, founding member and CEO pseudo-Ben Weinman has run into a formula that allows members of the band to write songs and collaborate on a software development team develops and shipping code as product. All while making a good living and, in the case of vocalist Greg Puciato least much maintains the lifestyle ‘n’ rock.
The group works in their specific components song on his own and then builds ships and songs as if it were a final software product. There are some big differences with a high-tech enterprise, of course. The group meets and tours for months at a time, distributed software teams usually have one week developer sprints every few months where everyone meets and works face to face before returning to their holes to write a lot of code.
The synergies may result from everyone sitting in the same room, but there is also the possibility of losing a lot of time. If you have to buckle down and get certain types of work, such as writing a presentation, or anything that requires constant and uninterrupted concentration-campus office may not be the best place to do it.
To have a successful business of any type, the equipment must be dedicated and enthusiastic about what they are doing. I really hope that Mayer takes the example of Dillinger, who, unlike Yahoo, has a rabid fan base and a growing audience. And that is despite the band’s sound, which according Weinman “barely qualifies as music.”