It absolutely works. You get more done.
BTW: TL;DR the article is waaaaay tooooo loooong.
That may be not the most constructive feedback you could give, but it still a feedback, thanks for trying (actually, I kind of agree with you, probably should have split it into 3 smaller articles). :)
Unless the team is fully remote I can't imagine anything more nightmarish than having the person on the team with the most responsibilities only communicate to you via a google hangout...
This is kind of what my Manager told me at first, it was 3 years ago.
And you would be surprised that it actually works ^
But it sure asks that the full company embraces this way of doing and remote to be part of the culture, even if the company is not Remote First, at least Remote Friendly and processes can make it works.