BizCraft Episode 25: The care and feeding of a distributed team

BizCraft Ep25

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About the Show

This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

We talked about:

Using Terminology from the industry for different uses. Like using “ping” & “bandwidth” & Carl ridicules me about “The princess bride”.

Process over People – “the care and feeding of a distributed team”.

Gene’s story about how distributed isn’t working for Period Three.

Start with people who have the psychology of a distributed team built in.

Ways to re-create an in-person office setup online. “People over Pixels”.

Multi-local – the company (ngenworks) will help build the community in the areas where people from the distributed teams work. Jax, Portland, etc…

Sidebar: getting people to talk to other people on your team “mangers” vs. you “the boss”.

Questions from the Kids:

Chad Warner asks:

Do you recommend that web designers have professional liability insurance? How does a freelancer or small business decide whether they need it? Keep up the excellent show!

Beers from the end of the show

Gene: Dogfish head – Midas Touch
Carl: Loser ain’t drinking. He has a Dales Deviant in the fridge…

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.

  • Hi, I have been binge listening to the podcast for the last week. I started with #1 and I am wondering, where is episode 24? You guys are awesome and keep up the great show!