How WordPress Used Videoconferencing and IRC to Transform the World

23 September 2013

Montreal: I’ve been reading Scott Berkun’s book The Year Without Pants which specifies his working life at WordPress. The book exposes a thought-provoking collection of knowledge behind WordPress and particularly, the day-to-day operations of a distributed volunteer team who built a technology that powers about 20% of the Internet.

Scott embeds perceptive gems about daily startup work life into his stories. The favorite so far is this one:

“Most people doubt online meetings can work, but they somehow overlook that most in-person meetings don’t work either.”

It’s a dazzling little dagger into the argument for in-person meetings. He continues,

“Being online does mean everyone might be distracted … [But] My theory on meetings was simple: if what is being discussed is important, people will pay attention.”

WordPress’s management team recognized the power of chat and video. They also knew that many capable people didn’t live within 50 miles of their office. But if they appointed a team all over the world, they wanted some fabric to connect them together as handling a dispersed team is demanding. By uniting many communication technologies including chat and videoconferencing and blogging, WordPress’s employees successfully teamed up and precisely changed the face of the web.

In the approaching years, video conferencing and online meetings will become much more common as stories like the ones Scott shares are told and retold. If you’re looking to comprehend how a fully distributed team used chat and video conferencing to build a world changing product, reading The Year Without Pants is a good way to reply to those queries.

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