Published 16th April 2020

We teamed up with digital agency Novoda to bring to you two talks highlighting some best advice on how to remain high performing during remote working.

Our speakers are Matteo Collina, Technnical Director at NearForm and Carl-Gustaf Harroch, Managing Director at Novoda.

Talk 1: The importance of social construct in maintaining a high-performance team – Carl-Gustaf Harroch

Now, most of you must be familiar with working from home. Because of the currently enforced lockdown or an initiative that you always wanted to explore, what is next to ensure your team retains its performance and efficiency? When we opened the Berlin office in 2014, we learnt the hard way on how to work better together remotely. To retain high performance, you need to look at the human aspect of working together. Like most things, tooling is usually not the solution. How do you simulate team dynamics and interactions in a highly distributed and digital way? I will present some of our findings and hopefully, you might get a laugh or two out of it. Slides available to view here.

Talk 2: Keeping your team connections, remotely

For a lot of people, remote communication is perceived to be unnatural and uncomfortable. It doesn’t have to be like that. I’ve been part of a remote team for 6 years and we’ve created a productive, supportive and friendly environment for our entire company to communicate across. We’ve put together a list of suggestions that we’ve found invaluable in supporting our teams.

Key Takeaways: A lot of practical insights, from constructive criticism to ask the stupid question! The most important one is to recognize and promote glue work: “anything that makes the team successful”. Slides are available to view here.


Matteo Collina

As a Technical Director at NearForm, Matteo Collina consults for some of the top brands of the world. Matteo is a member of the Node.js Technical Steering Committee focusing on streams, diagnostics and http. He is also the author of Node.js MQTT Broker, Mosca, the fast logger Pino and of the Fastify web framework.

Carl-Gustaf Harroch

Carl is managing director at Novoda. After co-founding the business in 2009, he grew the company from an Android centric engineering agency to a mobile product consultancy helping businesses making sense of mobile. He has helped create teams that deliver products as wide-ranging as the Tesco Hudl tablet to Channel 4’s Android application. Novoda is a fully distributed structure with people spread across Europe.

Recorded April 8th 2020 

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