…commits tend to be more indicative of actual work accomplished. Know your team member’s motor-type. Joel used a motor analogy to describe two types of works. Some people have a self-winding internal motor — if you leave them alone for two weeks even with no instruction, they will do two weeks worth of work. Other people have motors that need to be wound every day — they really benefit from having a daily touchpoint. Both types of workers can be effective, as long as you know what type you are dealing with and work with them appropriately.
What’s important about remote work is not really about HOW you work. It’s about WHO it allows you to hire. The policy can be successful because it lets you hire people previously out of reach for your company. People tend to get hung up on the specifics of coordination, managing meetings, and organizing teams, when in reality it’s about being able to integrate various demographics you previously couldn’t have in your company.