Working with a Distributed Team

In my most recent article on WPTuts+, I discuss what it’s like working with a distributed team and WordPress.

The point of the article was to give a short summary as to how it’s possible and what’s required to do good work.

The primary reason that I wanted to write this article was two fold:

  1. I’ve spent the better half of my self-employment working wit 8BIT in a distributed environment
  2. I’ve recently completed a plugin with two other WordPress developers who I’ve never met face-to-face

I wanted to share that it’s completely possible, but there are some key things that are necessary to make sure that good work actually gets done.

Working with a Distributed Team

Specifically, the article hits on three points:

  1. Scope is Key. Identify the core features of your plugin and stick to working on them.
  2. Delivery Date Matters. Set milestones that hold one another accountable for completing the project.
  3. Keep it Open. Allow users to contribute bugs, feature requests, and even code.

Obviously, I elaborate much more on this in the context of the article, but the gist of the article can be reduced to what’s above.

So with that said, be sure to check out the article.

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