Freelancers- The Secret Sauce to Scalable Support OperationsDownload Working with freelancers is a hands-on approach to outsourcing that offers you agency, flexibility, and the potential to make great hires from a pool of folks who have on-the-job-training at your company. Outsourcing adds elasticity to your support team: it helps you flex quickly with changing support … Continue reading Freelancers: The secret sauce to scalable support operations
I’ve had a black Happiness Engineer T-shirt hanging in my closet the past two years. The Editorial team at Automattic sent it to me in a thank you package for working on a project with them in early 2014, when I was a blogger using WordPress.com, before I even knew Automattic existed (Automattic is the maker of WordPress.com). I thought the T-shirt was so cool, but I didn’t feel right wearing it because I wasn’t actually a Happiness Engineer. I didn’t even know what a Happiness Engineer was. So I looked it up. I followed the breadcrumbs from the care package to Automattic’s Work With Us page.
And my life totally changed.
Here was a company dedicated to democratizing publishing. Here was the company that had made it easy for me to share my writing with the world, without having to go through the gatekeeper of a publishing house…
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As a writer and a power user of WordPress.com, landing a job with Automattic and supporting the WordPress.com blogging software was a dream come true. In addition to helping users learn how to publish their content on their own personal sites, I also got to spend my days writing. At the end of my 3.5-year tenure I had written more than 635,000 words on Automattic’s internal blogs.
As a customer support agent, I wrote internal documents on how to lean into customer frustration, reminded ourselves to under-promise and over-deliver, and recommended we say “Thank You” more than we say “I’m sorry.” As a team lead I wrote about how I approached performance reviews with my team, shared leadback survey methods and results, and wrote about how to advocate for team members through goal setting.
I wrote and wrote and wrote. All of it within our internal, private blogs.
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In the past 18 months since I joined Support Driven, we've moved from a dependency on one person's expertise to scalable, documented processes for producing Support Driven conferences. When I signed on in an operations role, we didn't have a plan laid out for operationalizing the conferences. Like so many things, we made it up … Continue reading From worry lists to pipelines: 4 steps we used to design processes so we can scale
Last April, I sat down at my computer, opened my text editor, and typed out a document titled "One year from today." I had recently started my new job at Support Driven. I had been on board about three weeks: little enough time to still have a newcomer's outside view and long enough time to … Continue reading If it were up to me, in one year my life would…
I'm going to Boston in the end of October for the Support Driven Leadership Summit, and it occurred to me last night: I need to eat a Boston Cream donut while I'm there. So of course, I'm no longer revising the job description I was drafting. I am researching donut options. I asked in the … Continue reading Doing the important work: researching donut options
For several weeks I've been working with members of Support Driven European communities to find a city, venue, and dates for our very first European conference. I'm giddy that last Thursday, after almost three weeks of contract negotiations, we have a signed contract with a venue: SD Expo Europe 2019 will be in Belgrade, Serbia … Continue reading Word clouds are fun 🙂