First post in The Ultimate Guide to Working Remotely: The Series.
Why working remotely?
Fewer interruptions and distractions
When done right, working remotely shows an increased level of productivity for the members of the team. Working in an Agile, open space environment, has lots of advantages but also some disadvantages. People can ask questions at any time and interrupt the focus of all team members, which has a negative impact on productivity. In the post on Skype we will discuss the best compromise between an open space environment and keeping team members focused on their current activity and only grabbing their attention when absolutely needed.
It is also important that each individual members can organize him or herself in a way to isolate from non-work related distractions. The great thing about remote working is that actual productivity assumptions about ones work output are replaced with measurements of velocity and team involvement, so a non-productive person will stand out sooner than later as compared to the other team members.
Commuting every to the office often usually means a couple hours of potentially productive time used to get to and back from the work place. By avoiding commuting, the team members can concentrate better on the most important task and avoid wasted time, money and attention to getting to the physical workplace.
Can have the best team members no matter their physical location
As everyone says, good help is hard to find. Accordingly, when good help if finally found, he or she can be located hundreds or thousands of miles away. By implementing an effective remote working environment, the team can be distributed pretty much anywhere in the world and still provide better value to the project compared to working in a physical office.