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Darren Murph's README

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Darren's README

GitLab all-remote family workspace

Hi, I'm Darren, and you're awesome! I'm currently GitLab's Head of Remote 🌎.

I've spent my entire career across the spectrum of remote — over 15 years leading remote teams and charting remote transformations in colocated spaces, hybrid-remote environments, and all-remote. I hold a Guinness World Record in publishing.

I authored GitLab's Remote Playbook and Living the Remote Dream: A Guide To Seeing the World, Setting Records, and Advancing Your Career.

This page is intended to help others understand what it might be like to work with me, especially people who haven’t worked with me before. It's also a well-intentioned effort at building some trust by being intentionally vulnerable, and to share my ideas of a good working relationship to reduce the anxiety of people who might be on my team.

Please feel free to contribute to this page by opening a merge request. (Also, a hearty thank you to Jeremy for building an excellent README framework for others to use.)

What is a Head of Remote?

I pioneered the Head of Remote role. The full backstory of this role's origin is found in a dedicated Head of Remote guide.

I work at the intersection of culture, operations, people, talent branding, marketing, and communication.

For more on this topic, I've shared 17 questions that this role answers, detailing why it is vital in companies which are transitioning to remote.

Conversations and interviews

Deeper conversations on this topic can be found in the below articles, podcasts, and video interviews.



About me

I've found that watching a video of someone can be helpful in establishing a relationship. The above shows me in an interview on remote work at GitLab Commit SF 2020.

Remote work is deeply personal to me. I value geographic flexibility and workplace autonomy over the usual suspects of salary, title, and fame. Working remotely has fundamentally shaped the fabric of my family. Our adoption would not have happened without the flexibility that remote work affords.

It is my goal to enable ever more people to free themselves from a daily commute and work where their soul is most fulfilled. I believe remote work can reverse rural depopulation, make communities less transitory, and spread opportunity to underserved areas. I believe all-remote is the purest form of remote work, where every individual is treated as a first-class team member.

While each of GitLab's values are extremely important to me, I have a particular appreciation for the nuance and actionability of several sub-values. Kindness, assume positive intent, no ego, don't let each other fail, blameless problem solving, short toes, and it's impossible to know everything resonate strongly with me.

How you can help me

My working style

What I assume about others

GitLab all-remote mentor

What I want to earn

Communicating with me

Work from home office setup

When you primarily work from home, investing in your workspace is important. Below is a list of the current equipment I use.

GitLab Sony A6400 webcam setup

This is the result of that as viewed through Zoom. Note that while the video output of this arrangement is 1080p, Zoom and most other video call tools cap resolution at 720p.

GitLab Sony A6400 webcam output


I'm a southpaw (left-handed player) and my wife is right-handed, which explains the curious collection in the background.

  1. Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay5 bass (1998) // tobacco sunburst // rosewood fretboard // left-handed
  2. Fender Jazz Bass 1975 reissue Crafted in Japan (2006) // natural // maple fretboard // left-handed
  3. Fender Precision Bass Mod Shop (2020) // tobacco sunburst // all-rosewood neck and fretboard // V-Mod PJ Bass pickups // left-handed
  4. G&L JB-5 bass (2020) // natural // rosewood fretboard // left-handed
  5. Fender John Mayer Stratocaster (2006) // sunburst // rosewood fretboard // right-handed
  6. Paul Reed Smith (PRS) John Mayer Silver Sky (2020) // tungsten // maple fretboard // right-handed
  7. Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top // gold // rosewood fretboard // right-handed
  8. Gibson Les Paul Standard // black / rosewood fretboard // left-handed
  9. Warrior Gabriel custom shop // pearl white // ebony fretboard with custom "…loved…" pearl inlays // right-handed

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