We know what you’re thinking: Nooooot possible. Right? Ha. We thought so.
Pro tip: It is, with a slight twist.
We’ve been riding that twist to build our clients’ tech-side strategy for many, many moons. Make no mistake: There’s an art to it. The not-so-secret secret is that it’s a collaborative art.
Lots of art starts with the equivalent of a stick figure, and ours is certainly one of them. Specifically, our art started with the drawing of a single line, right down the middle of talent. …
I find myself staring at my laptop screen, a half-written email in front of me, and an endless to-do list swirling around in my head. The all-too-familiar urge to just walk away from it all arises and I immediately beat it back with thoughts of “I have so much that needs to be done.” I sat there completely ineffective and paralyzed by these two conflicting thoughts.
My thoughts shift to the well-intentioned self-care regime I had so carefully detailed in my journal, and then completely ignored. I didn’t have time for it now. I would start tomorrow.
Then there are…
We know this already: In order to build a great project, you don’t just need to have a small (sometimes, very small) army of solid devs. You need to refine the project scope. Sure!, you say… But what does that actually mean?
Creating new software can be a massive undertaking that can take years of development. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be the first to a solution that’s going to be hands-down better than what’s already out there.
We’re here to tell you how.
Like most magic spells, it’s short. It’s powerful. And it’s harder…
As a Clearviewer, you have an amazing vehicle to get ahead. You have possibilities. You have options.
You have power under your hood…but you have to get in the driver’s seat.
There is no set formula; no pre-ordained path for you to take; there are no limits — but, to unlock your maximum potential here, you need to take initiative. We are happy to help you grow in any direction you like, but your growth is your responsibility.
Here’s how to be proactive about your growth at Clearview. Go ahead: Take it for a drive.
Here’s a pro tip: Make…
Head of Operations Annette O’Neil is about to get on a plane. Her task: to set up Clearview’s first overseas office. The place: Manchester, England.
Are you one of those folks who’re scratching their head and thinking’ “uh…England? Why not London?” Well then. Pull up a chair and let us brew you a strong, Northern cuppa, my friend. There are several good reasons we’re setting our roots in the North, and Annette’s about to tell you why we’re walking straight into the champagne supernova of startup culture that is Manchester.
Interviewer: Okay, let’s start at the beginning. If Clearview is…
Here’s some good general advice for anybody working anywhere — and for anyone working towards organizing a company culture — and for anyone managing a new time-management challenge doing remote work.
Get rid of “lazy.” It’s not helping.
At Clearview, we don’t really believe in the idea of laziness. We believe in the idea that people who are excited about what they’re working on — and feel like they’re contributing — are going to want to contribute and work.
The idea of laziness itself is, well… lazy. It’s a lazy way to describe the act of trying to work.
Honestly, that long-haul vibe is one of the things that really makes Clearview so different — and we’re super proud of it.
Most outsourcing dev shops — that is to say, many of the many of those that have something along the lines of what we do, a structure by which we place developers long-term — need to be managed. To be a little clearer: Most outsourcing developers need to be managed. They need to be given tasks. They don’t end up becoming a part of the product team, or product decisions, or even architecture-level decisions. …
That’s what the co-working concept developed around, naturally. You are in an office, doing all that familiar work stuff, but because you are actually in a space with people, you get some opportunity for good ol’ “water cooler conversation” — the emotional connection of being with people. And we need that.
What a lot of people end up experiencing when they go to remote — when they’re just doing Zoom calls and ticking through Slack reminders — is that all of their contact with their coworkers distills down to being just about the work. They’re just talking about the logistics…
The thing is: information-age work tries its damndest to ignore the fact that we’re showing up in these soggy meat vessels. And, to complicate the situation, bodies insist on being heard in order to let the brain inside them do good work.
It’s a problem.
Luckily, it’s a soluble one.
Let’s start with the simple fact of the circadian rhythm. You’re undoubtedly aware that there are certain periods in the day when people simply are or are not productive in any meaningful way. Everybody has a certain rhythm. So many studies corroborate this that it’s almost a truism. …
Awesome — you’ve made it to the Eight Virtues of Remote Bushidō. That already proves you’re ready to uplevel.
As you can tell, we’re really passionate about this stuff. The core team at Clearview Studios has already been on on this path for more than three collective decades, refining and refining and refining.
Suffice it to say: We’ve learned a few things. Sometimes, we learned them the hard way.
The best part of this lifestyle is the way that it flexes and scales to your current priorities, goals and preferences. You might not want to or be able to travel…