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How to Work Effectively from Home

At Workiva, most of us have worked remotely on occasion. However, if you are not used to maintaining your routine away from the office or school for an extended period of time, it may present challenges. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some some things that have helped me work effectively from home:

 

Home Environment Setup

Designate a work space

March 19, 2020

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Des Moines Hack 2018

DSM Hack 2018 - My Experience

Workiva recently helped sponsor a charity event called dsmHack. At 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 10 nonprofits each took to the podium to pitch their technical needs to a packed room of developers, designers, and delivery managers, all ready to volunteer their time and tech skills for the next 48 hours. It was both fun and fulfilling, and we would like to tell you a little bit about our team's experience—what we made and how we pulled it off.

May 14, 2018

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Insight into the role of a manager: asking questions

Some background

Long ago, I was a software developer. I was an average developer, but every so often I created something I was proud of.

On numerous occasions, I remember the experience of showing my work to one or more managers only to have them start to ask me a bunch of questions: How does it work? What are you trying to accomplish with it? Why did you implement that feature in this way? How is that going to integrate with this other piece over there?

October 7, 2015

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Effective team communication is key to success

Long gone are the days of sharing a single codebase. As architectures embrace looser coupling and higher cohesion, our APIs and service boundaries will also become boundaries of expertise. Further, most interactions between internal services require interaction between teams in the organization. Crossing team boundaries incurs an overhead on day-to-day workflow, but if we hash out some best practices for creating more effective team communication, we can make the process a bit less painful.

July 15, 2015

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