Internal dev talks with Google Hangout
Every Friday we have a short full company meeting where we run through what we’ve been working on and what was deployed, then discuss customer feedback and the roadmap for the next week. Every 2 weeks this is followed by a 10 minute tech talk on a specific topic decided by internal suggestions and voting on what we want to hear about – this week it was about what Coffeescript is and how we use it (on our new dashboard and in some upcoming product releases).
At one of our investor meetings, Will Critchlow mentioned to me that they use Google+ at Distilled as an intranet and we have started doing that by hosting our meetings through Google Hangouts. This is because although we have a London office, most of our engineering is remote – Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and Portugal. It allows a full video conference with screensharing that actually works (unlike Skype) and it costs nothing. You can also participate through their iOS app.
The only downside is echoes from microphones and potential infinity mirror effects from the people sitting behind each other in the office! Otherwise, we’ve had great experiences with good quality audio and video. Plus you can record the meeting so tech talks can be watched again.
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