Virtual 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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How Could Metaphorum 2019 Be More Of An Online Unconference?

One of the things I love to do, and find myself doing more and more of professionally, is organising highly-participative online events. Most of these bring together up to around 50 people for a short event around a theme, mixing networking and learning for 90 minutes or so. But for each of the last three …

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The Art Of Hosting Great Online Meetings

“This is a real art form!” exclaimed a Remote Meetings Masterclass participant the other night. I reckon he was spot on. Hosting great remote meetings is certainly an art, not a science.  There’s science involved, of course. There’s all that communications technology. But beyond a certain basic level, it’s not the technology that really matters.  …

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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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