“For programmers, the ultimate office perk is avoiding the office entirely.” — 2017 Quartz Poll
While remote work in all sectors has been steadily increasing, the number of distributed development teams is growing at an incredible rate, outpacing other industries by a wide margin. In fact, in a survey investigating the needs and desires of computer programmers, remote work ranked as the second highest priority.
There are many ideal factors to this setup. For instance, remote work can boost productivity while reducing the costs of office space and other accouterments. As a study on the habits of computer programmers revealed, “a programmer is likely to get just one uninterrupted 2-hour session in a day.” As a result, for many development teams, remote work is an unquestioned reality, but that’s not to say that it’s not without its own set of challenges.
Especially for project managers, overseeing a distributed workforce can seem impossible. Productivity issues, project timeliness, and communication protocols can slow a team’s progress, making the product more expensive and less efficient. Fortunately, the right technology can make all the difference.