Remote working has huge benefits: all our workers can choose their work environments, we can hire from a wider pool of applicants, our clients get longer support hours. But there’s a negative side too, most notably the fact that people who work closely together don’t get a lot of face to face time — if any at all.

That’s why we’re always excited when we can meet up with Performance Foundry staff members around the world, like we did last weekend at WordCamp Lisbon. One of our lead developers, Ricardo, helped to organize the event, and was running a workshop too; our managing director Craig was scheduled to speak on the main stage.

Unfortunately Ricardo didn’t have any say in the scheduling department and both his and Craig’s talks were at the same time — it was Performance Foundry hour at WordCamp Lisbon!

Ricardo was working with a group of Portuguese workshop participants on WooCommerce integration. Since my Portuguese doesn’t run to technical instruction, I didn’t stay too long, but the attendees were actively involved in the workshop and seemed to be learning a lot.

Ricardo at WordCamp Lisbon
Ricardo at WordCamp Lisbon

Back in the main room, Craig spoke on “lessons from work and WordPress,” telling our story of how Performance Foundry uses WordPress and giving tips about how to build better businesses. It was well received and several people later thanked him for the lessons shared in the presentation; at the time, though, questions were mostly focused on our location-independent lifestyle.

Craig at WordCamp Lisbon
Craig at WordCamp Lisbon

We’re now in Porto, where Ricardo is based, and are looking forward to some in-person work and leisure time with him over the next week — so we can have more Performance Foundry hours!