At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office

At GitHub You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Office, But There Is A Nice One If You Do

If you want to work for GitHub , the software development collaboration hub built on the open source Git project , you have to be independent and able to work outside the confines of what most organizations would consider normal operational guidelines. You don’t have to come to the office. In fact, you are encouraged to work where you want in the world at whatever timing makes sense for you. Given that lack of structure, there are no formal meetings. Most work is done in online chat rooms and you are measured by your productivity, not by how many meetings you attend. Yet for all its unconventional spirit, the company still has a formal and informal side, and where you fall depends a great deal on your job title — and some folks gravitate between the two depending on where they happen to be on any given day. The Informal Side For a little more than half of GitHub’s employees, it’s a rather unconventional work style. They work where they want, when they want and how they want. People are free to roam around, Sam Lambert, director of systems at GitHub told TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview about GitHub’s work style. “There is no dictated way to work,” he said. That means they have people spread out across the world and some have no fixed location at all. To accommodate that kind of work-life style, they have a no-meeting policy, which is definitely a point in their favor, but it’s also difficult to pull off and keep the company going. “This [work style] presents very real and complex challenges we are fighting against, but we want to try and avoid meetings because it’s hard to sync up across time zones,” Lambert explained. The way they stay organized in what […]