Wide Links #6

Wide Links #6

Jul 23, 10 • In Links

  • It’s not always obvious how best to facilitate remote work.

    tags: wideteams

    • Frequency of communication is not as important as quality and consistency. While many people think that frequent communication is the key to keeping your remote team intact, Linkow’s research actually shows that people are less concerned with a constant barrage of email than things like regularly scheduled (and adhered to) one on one conversations , information about what’s going on with their company and their peers, and coaching.
  • An excellent comprehensive checklist for planning a remote meeting.

    tags: wideteams

    • If the technology does fail, don’t focus on the negative.  Use humor instead, if you stress out so will your team
  • Some very important points to keep in mind when negotiating a remote position.

    tags: wideteams

    • Does the company have a corporate IM system? Use messageboards or IRC? Does it use a collaboration tool like SharePoint or Socialtext? A web conferencing tool like WebEx or Dimdim? Will there be daily check-ins with you manager? How often does the team meet? The answer to this question will give you a good idea of how well prepared the company is for working with remote staff. It’s quite possible that in companies that don’t already have telecommuting staff that the answer to this question could be, “email and telephone.” In which case, you might like to suggest that the company investigates some of the tools mentioned above — many of them are available for fairly low (or even zero) cost.
  • The manager of a widely distributed team talks about the importance of well-defined routines.

    tags: wideteams

    • We agreed that we will not make decisions via email. If a team member needed the team to make a decision, we did so at our face-to-face meeting, our regular weekly conference call or we had a conference call (with 24 hours notice) to discuss and make the decision.
  • It seems no one is quite sure what to do with Google Wave.

    tags: wideteams

    • How many times have you been working remotely on a project, needed some additional information from a team member, and you then had to use other tools to start these offline conversations. With Wave, all of these conversations can happen within the project where they are then stored for the whole team to see.
  • A look at a coworking group that meets at one member’s home.

    tags: workshifting wideteams coworking

    • Workshifting allows you to fit “work into life, not life into work.”

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