Fairly recently, I’ve had conversations with a handful of LIMS/ELN vendors and services vendors about how they structure teams for customers. Some of them insist that they want people on-site most/all of the project, others stated that they seldom need their people to be on-site for projects, and yet others seem to float in the mid-range of 40-60% on-site.
Overall, there does seem to be a variety of theories both the software vendors and the services vendors have on this issue but the outcome is that there is a great deal of remote work going on, collectively. What additionally got me thinking about the issues of remote teams, besides working on so many of them, is that one of the local newspapers even had an article devoted to this, meaning that it’s not just an issue to our own industry, of course:
With many projects starting up and companies starting to organize their teams, some of which will be 100% remote, here are some past articles on the subject:
Courtesy, Trust, Respect – Building it in Office Communicator
Tips and Discussion for Remote Work Teams
Remote Work: An Update on the People Aspect of it
Remote Work: The Technical Aspect
Remote Work and Labels