Online Meetings: How To Avoid Tumbleweed Moments

How can you avoid tumbleweed moments in your online meetings? You’ve probably experienced those moments many times. Someone asks a question and there’s a long, intense silence… … … … … until someone asks, “Has the line dropped?” If you want to know how that feels, the effect is pretty easy to create. Find (or call) online…

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How To Choose Remote Working Technology For Your Team

How should you choose the technology to help your geographically-dispersed team work better together? This interesting question was highlighted by one of the participants at Mark Kilby’s Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 yesterday. I was attending remotely, from my home office in London, via a sub-optimal video-link, and didn’t catch the guy’s name. But he was wondering why nobody’s…

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Can Distributed Teams Be Real Teams?

Can distributed teams be real teams? I believe they can. They’ll look, sound and feel different from co-located teams, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t teams. I’ve been reading Tobias Mayer’s The People’s Scrum (in preparation for attending a workshop with him in a few weeks). He’s unequivocal. He argues: “Distributed teams are not teams: they…

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Podcast Ep36 – Nadja Schnetzler – How Collaboration and Innovation Can Happen Effortlessly

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of podcasts where Judy interviews people who have a track record of successful collaboration. This series is for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of real-life collaboration, especially collaboration among creative, intelligent, free-thinking individuals who are geographically dispersed. The interviews go well beyond the obvious, as metaphor master…

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Bravery, Imperfection And Your Virtual Team

How many of your team members actively participate in group discussions? Is there a gender split? And if so, what could it be costing your business? Reshma Saujani argues in the TED talk below that girls are typically brought up trying to be perfect. That’s not only blocking women’s progress in all kinds of fields,…

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