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  • 5 Tips for Successfully Managing Distributed Teams

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    Everyone knows that it’s best (and easiest!) to have a project team sitting cozily in one office or even one room. My firm belief, however, is that a globally dispersed team can achieve the same results as a project team sitting in a single office. The only difference? With...

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  • Day 0 Preparation — How We Integrate Developers into Clients’ Teams

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    Even the best developers can’t be genuinely valuable to a client team until they’ve been fully onboarded. That’s why, when anyone joins any team, a focus on onboarding is crucial. Last year, we onboarded developers at many new and existing clients, and we added 54 people to the Distillery team....

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  • Development Estimation Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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    There are a lot of things teams do every day. These everyday activities can vary somewhat depending on project roles, methods used, and workflows maintained. However, there is one thing that can rarely be ignored — estimations. You can always elect not to use them. (The...

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  • How Distillery Uses Slack to Be a High-Performing Team

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    Running an international business across five offices and several time zones has its challenges. Thanks largely to Slack, however, for Distillery, effective real-time communication across the team isn’t one of them. Slack is a collaboration platform used by more than 9 million weekly active users in more...

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  • What Makes a Good Developer? A Manager’s POV.

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    There are a lot of high-achieving, brilliant-minded developers at Distillery. My duty as a project manager is to improve my skills and theirs, thereby helping them achieve amazing results that make both them — and our clients — look good. Unfortunately, in my experience, not all dev teams know how to significantly increase...

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  • How to Avoid Destroying Your Team with Plastic

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    The world is full of different types of organizations. In some of them, there’s a strict and deep management hierarchy. In those organizations, the process of self-actualization depends utterly on movement toward the top of the corporate ladder. Other companies — generally featuring flat management systems and sunny office...

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  • Distillery Leader Learns Organizational Best Practices at Stanford Training

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    On October 27, Distillery’s Managing Director Anar Babaev visited Stanford University to attend a day-long design thinking workshop on preventing organizational “drag.” The session proved highly insightful and informative, providing Anar with an unprecedented opportunity to share ideas with leaders from some of the world’s most...

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  • Organizational “Drag” Won’t Drag Us Down: Distillery Leader to Attend Stanford Design Thinking Workshop

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    Anar Babaev, Distillery’s Managing Director, is headed to Stanford University October 27 to attend a hands-on design thinking workshop on preventing organizational “drag.” The day-long class will focus on helping business leaders to learn the common causes of organizational friction, as well as to explore how they can prevent it from...

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  • Day 0 preparation – how we integrate developers into clients’ teams

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    Efficient business processes, as the way to ensure delivering high quality services to the company’s clients, are top priority at Distillery. Among the business processes adopted by the company, onboarding, an organizational socialization through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors...

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