Many of us find ourselves suddenly engaging in unplanned remote work. The resources outlined in this article can help.
Many scientific software teams function as dispersed "teams of teams"  and are familiar with a variety of tools commonly used by software teams to stay connected, such as Slack, Gitter, GitHub, BlueJeans, Skype, Zoom, etc. If you travel extensively, have colleagues at geographically distributed institutions, or work offsite, you have experienced virtual, or remote work at one time or another. While for some, remote work has been an everyday occurrence, the global COVID-19 pandemic and need to practice social distancing  has thrust all of us into a new normal that involves extended remote work for each of us. Below are some curated quick reads about remote working from leadership, tools and infrastructure to security.
To set the context, we start with a discussion by software developer, Martin Fowler, published in 2015 on the various combinations of distributed teams of which we have all been members, followed by Thoughtworks’ 2020 playbook for remote working while dealing with the uncertainty of COVID-19.
|Article title||Remote versus Co-located Work|
|Focus||What does it mean to work remotely?|
|Article title||The Remote Work Playbook|
|Focus||Transitioning to remote work|
Next are listed a few timely articles that address the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment that we find ourselves in today. Articles from the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and others specifically address ways for you and your team to make remote work productive and successful during these uncertain times.
|Article title||15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered|
|Authors||Tsedal Neeley via Harward Business Review|
|Focus||Shifting from co-located to dispersed teams|
|Article title||How to lead in the age of newly remote teams|
|Authors||James Jason via The Enterprisers Project|
|Article title||8 strategies to set up remote work during the coronavirus outbreak|
|Authors||Marten Mickos via Fastcompany|
|Focus||Tools and Infrastructure|
|Article title||COVID‑19 and the shift to remote work|
 Scaling productivity and innovation on the path to exascale with a "team of teams" approach, E. M. Raybourn, J. D. Moulton, and A. Hungerford, 2019, HCII 2019, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11589