Working from home

Richard Proctor richard at
Tue May 14 14:19:16 BST 2013

I can report on both sides of this:

I have run a largish project from home with developers working beside me 
(my son), 5 miles away (in two offices) and 200 miles away (from his 
home).  In general it worked fine, I enforced strongly defined 
interfaces between the different people, working in different languages 
on different parts of the project and then left them to get on with it 
in their own style.  I developed much of the Perl (overall control), 
several others worked in C (the bits that had to be fast), one worked in 
PHP and Javascript (a modification to an existing product written in 
PHP).  We had weekly audio hangouts, frequent phone calls and met up 
rarely.   The project was 98% working when cancelled (due to two 
important people falling out).

I have been looking for a new role for some time now, I run into either:

1)  You are over qualified for this role


2)  My very wide experience of 35 years working in many environments, 
happens to not include knowledge of some esoteric new fangled term/type 
of programming

Who would like a Senior ( Perl | Real time) programmer/ System architect 
/ Problem solver ?


On 14/05/2013, at 12:40 PM, Sam Kington wrote:
>> On 13 May 2013, at 23:27, Kieren Diment <diment at> wrote:
>>> The management challenges for telecommute jobs are different to those for on site.  But it does increase the pool of potential candidates a lot.   Does anyone have any useful experience about managing mixed on-site/offsite staff?
>> Can't speak about management per se, but I can talk about how a team with off-site developers can work. [snip]

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