Docked and Unplugged

Last year I went on my first cruise with my family. On the last night of the cruise my daughter got massively sick at 4 AM. Unable to go back to sleep after getting her settled I decided to take a walk around the ship; we would be de-boarding soon and I was sort of […]

Work Life Harmony & Resistance

We recently did a home refactoring project to make it better fit our family as it exists now with some new requirements (two kids and one work from home Dad more than originally anticipated). The core idea was to create a completely separate work space for me that could operate independently from the family life […]

Now that’s your problem: A Short Guide to the required Infrastructure for Working from Home

Working from where you want is awesome. You get to be more in control of your workspace, put up any poster your want, have a picture of Oprah on your desk, save on gas, and avoid talk radio. Being in control of your environment is something that sort of sneaks up on you though. Until […]

Wide Teams podcast

In case you missed it – I was the guest on the Wide Teams podcast last week discussing remote work and dancing: Wide Teams Episode 99: David Tate

Tribal SQL

I am honored to announce that a chapter I wrote has been published in a book. Nope – it’s not the additional Appendix that I sent the author of Everyone Poops, but is instead Tribal SQL. Edited and produced by the infamous Jen McCown and published by Red Gate the books is on sale now. If […]

Subtle (cost and cultural) benefits of supporting remote workers

One typically hears about how great remote work is from the individual perspective – it allows me to be happier, more empowered, live-my-life-in-harmony-smelling-flowers-blah-blah.  How it helps employers is then left as a given side-effect of this happiness: happy employees mean more gets done. I believe that there are more direct benefits to having employees that […]

Running at RunLevel 1 : How to function on little sleep for an extended period

Over the last year my non-work life has been an adventure in the original sense of the word: an unusual and risky undertaking with an uncertain outcome. For a number of personal reasons I’ve had to survive on four to six hours of frequently-interrupted sleep while continuing to work and maintain a normal family schedule. […]

On Mayer: Remote workers have a default culture

I was offline due to the birth of our twins during the huge Mayer controversy so coming back into it weeks later and reading through the many opinions (really outrage) was interesting. I obviously think that remote work is a great thing both for employee and employer in measurable ways but also subtle ones. What […]

Companies that support remote workers win against those that don’t

Years ago my boss asked if I could use a remote support developer in Europe for off-hours support of a critical system that processed data throughout the day.  He said that they had a sharp technical resource there who had normal working hours right in our support blind spot and that the candidate was interested […]

Super-productivity is deeply personal – don’t listen to anyone else

This time of year the Interwebs are hit with the same standard 25 productivity posts guiding people to get more done (more quickly and with less cleanup) than ever before in 2013. Today it finally hit me why they all piss me off: Super-productivity is a deeply personal thing – and you can’t take advice […]