Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Andrzej Dobrucki

By: Kelly Meissner on January 13th, 2017

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Andrzej Dobrucki

Information Technology  |  Work Smarter  |  Digital Nomads  |  Remote Work  |  Increase Productivity

Meet Andrzej. He’s a technical product owner at Crossover.

Andrzej brings more than a decade of experience in the IT industry, having worked with large companies like Samsung and Bosch. Based in Warsaw, Poland, he discovered Crossover on a remote jobs site and says he “fell in love” with one of the positions listed. Now, as a product owner, Andrzej gets to put his experience leading projects and software engineering teams to good use.

Here, he shares why it’s worthwhile to work remotely and offers some of his best tips for communicating with a distributed team.

What was the Crossover application process like?

It was challenging time-wise, and needed a lot of creative thinking. . . . I was thinking that even if I didn’t get hired, these project ideas would definitely become a part of my portfolio.

What are some of your day-to-day work activities or projects?

Designing new features for based on my own ideas or stakeholder requirements. Planning and improving current recruitment processes and product support. Working daily with software developers and visual designers to release new features. Delivering product demos and working closely on strategies with [Crossover CEO] Andy Tryba.

What are some of the challenges of working remotely?

Communication is the biggest challenge in remote work, so I try to communicate using video (Slack, Zoom) frequently. Asking open questions and re-phrasing often helps avoid misunderstandings.

Do you have any favorite tools that help you stay productive?

An external monitor is a must for visual concept work. Listening to music also helps a lot while working.

What advice would you give someone interested in applying for a remote job?

The first two weeks are hard, because if you’ve never had to work remotely before, you’re going to have to learn to organize your time across time zones and to plan out your day effectively without a boss telling you what to do. But if you do, you’ll start being super productive and much better at making decisions on your own. A remote job makes you grow up!