Remote Teams

The 3 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing An Online Sticky-Note Tool

Facilitators love sticky-notes! Colourful, accessible, flexible… and temporary. They allow groups to capture and manipulate their thoughts in an accessible, interactive way. So when facilitators start to work online – assuming that they’re able to see and hear everyone clearly, and have video breakout rooms to play with – it’s sticky notes (aka Post-Its) that …

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Are Your Meetings Metastasising? Here’s The Cure

Meetings tend to proliferate as organisations grow, but in-the-room ones are limited by… rooms. As our meetings go remote, and that physical constraint is removed, it seems the number of meetings can quickly get out of control.  That’s just maths, apparently. (Read more on this in my recent blog post.)  As the time available for …

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Are The Days Of The “Training Day” Numbered?

I was up in Telford this week for an awesome training day with the guys from MiTek – the first ever get-together for the 50-strong, internationally-based software development group. At first, some participants seemed a bit nervous to speak to colleagues they didn’t know – especially those from other countries. But after a few hours …

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Three Ways To Build Trust In Your Distributed Team

Trust is essential for creative, collaborative work. Creative, collaborative teams need to be able to disagree… without everything falling apart.  They need the magic of creative abrasion to build on, and polish, each other’s ideas, moving away from “ruinous empathy” and towards clear decisions on which options deserve to be tested, and which to test …

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Why Are Hybrid Meetings So Horrible?

Hybrid meetings are horrible. Of course, I should really say “often horrible”. I wish I could do that with honesty. But the reality is that hybrid meetings – by which I mean the kind of meetings where the main group is in the same room, with one or two people remote – are almost universally …

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