Welcome to Async Cat Herding

People working together across geographies and timezones is becoming increasingly common: Open source projects typically recruit contributors at global scale. The research community is open to participants all over the world. Large corporations are increasingly likely to build teams that span more than one site. Startups are hiring globally to be able to work together with the best talent. With the proliferation of open source software projects in development projects, chances are developers have to communicate with remote teams effectively even if everyone on the core team is located in one single room.

This meetup tries to bring together people who are interested in working in distributed teams: How does communication work? How does one create a shared vision and culture if not everyone is on site? What are the virtues of asynchronous vs. syncronous communication? How do we create transparency? What does collaboration look like? Do Agile principles still apply? Topics like over-commitment, self-discipline, integration of isolated remote workers, hurdles to remote work due the internal IT infrastructure, shared decision making, canonical communication media, implementation of code review, giving feedback, and a lot more are topics of interest. The goal is to bring together both people working in distributed teams and those who are wondering how on earth this might work.

If you’d like to join remotely, let us know – unless I’m told about a better option there might be a Google Hangout On Air for the event.

Our first meetup is scheduled to take place on July, 28th at jugglehub Berlin. The event is scheduled to open at 1p.m., that is Berlin lunch time. If there is enough interest, providing a reasonably priced food option is possible. Just leave a comment if you are interested and we’ll figure something out.

We will have two speakers to share their experiences. Names, bios, as well as information on the talk content to be provided soon at this very site.


Want to collaborate online? Check out our  G+ community

Want to attend our very first meetup in July 2016: Claim your ticket here


Looking forward to seeing you!


Why a red panda? In German this cute little animal has a second name: Katzen Bär, which translates to cat bear. Source of the picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/karamell/3858928689


2 thoughts on “Welcome to Async Cat Herding

    1. The deal is simple: Be a speaker and set the time. Only condition: This meetup runs as an experiment and is supposed to take place during working hours only. How about giving a talk next quarter at a breakfast edition?


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