Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Part of working with a distributed team, like the one at Automattic, includes communicating with co-workers on video calls.  Even though most of our communication is asynchronous and my teammates are in different countries, I can still see and hear them thanks to video conferencing.  Once a week I have a meeting with other members of my team using the Zoom video conferencing app. I … Continue reading Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

I joined Automattic in 2017 as a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer. After two and a half years, I decided to apply for the WooCommerce rotation. For several months I stopped working in WordPress.com support to learn all about the WooCommerce product and how to support those customers. Rotations are encouraged by Automattic as a great way to widen our skills, get out of our comfort zone, … Continue reading Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups

2020 has been a year of challenges. But it’s also been a year for visionaries.  One of the highly valued perks of being an Automattician (A11N) is being able to travel, often somewhere fabulous, with your teammates for an annual in-person team meetup.  In light of the current state of world health, these oft looked forward to gatherings haven’t been possible.  As a diverse and … Continue reading Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups