- How many of your team members work from home? Or from an office location in another city? State? Country?
- How often are you on conference calls for work?
- How often are you sharing your screen with a team online?
We don't even realize that we are actively working in virtual environments. It's almost a treat to be in a meeting with teammates in the room and collaborate together.
We talk about the value and importance of collaboration in Agile, but are we really collaborating in these virtual teams?
- Read emails?
- Answer emails?
- Work on another project?
- Prep for another call?
- Surf the Web?
- Attend to social media? (Check Facebook, Twitter, read an article, etc.)
- Or just other things than be present on the call?
It takes time (an average of 15 minutes) to re-orient to a primary task after a distraction such as an email. Efficiency can drop by as much as 40%. Long-term memory suffers and creativity — a skill associated with keeping in mind multiple, less common, associations — is reduced.--Paul Atchley, You Can’t Multitask, So Stop Trying, Harvard Business Review
- Meeting in person isn't the only way - Use your communication tools wisely
- Makin' friends - Build relationships online
- Broadcast - Work live and in real-time
- Nobody reads - Be sure people read your work
- Make it real - Share your work
- Call a member of the audience - Keep people involved