Remote Teams

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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How Should A Facilitator, Trainer Or Consultant Dress? “Smartly” or “Authentically”?

If you’re a consultant, how do you want your potential clients to see you? Does that change if you’re more of a facilitator than a consultant? And do either of these change if you mostly work remotely? To what extent is it Clean to match a potential client’s metaphor for “business consultant”: to what extent …

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How To Build Open Communication In Your Distributed Team

“If you don’t have that good open (face-to-face) communication operating to begin with, no amount of additional tooling will fix that,” commented Ray Whiting on my recent post about the best tools for remote retrospectives. He’s spot on! So, how might you develop that level of good open communication, especially when you can’t meet in …

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