37signals as an example for working in a virtual team

At 37signals I really feel more connected and current with what is going on than in any physical workplace I’ve been a part of. It is effortless to keep up with what my co-workers are doing and how what I’m doing contributes to the whole. I’m free to keep up with projects and learn new skills as they fit my interests. We collaborate how and when it makes sense, and stay away from each other when that’s the best way to work. That makes for a really effective working environment.

I’m impressed how the team at 37signals uses web-based tools (and eats their own dog food in the process) to connect and collaborate.

I know exactly what he means by “Campfire never clicked for me despite a couple of attempts to bring it into a team workflow.” I also tried to establish this chat tool at work, but experienced massive pushback twice.

2 thoughts on “37signals as an example for working in a virtual team”

  1. At our company we have, besides blog, wiki and ichat, set up our own laconi.ca server. Which is wonderful. Now I know what my teammates are working on. I read about their problems, their achievements and get to know them better in private.Servers, arpwatch, ticket systems, web shop, websites, mail server etc. also twitter on special events like successful backups or error messages. No, need for emails anymore. I am always informed in no time. Love it.

  2. Sounds great, nerxs! Maybe having the service installed internally is the key. I’ll eventually give it a try!

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