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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

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Aug 4, 2016

In today's podcast, Lisette and Pilar try to figure out best practice in meetings in hybrid teams. 


Leila's post: How to Give Feedback that Really Hurts.

Pilar recommend the platform MeetingSift for hybrid meetings.

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Mentoring Group for managers and leaders of virtual teams, starts September.

New course on running workshops online: Flipping the Online Classroom. (Also starts in September!)



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Virtual Coffee with Lisette: Hybrid Teams

06:31 mins Our updates
The peanut butter conversation.
Lisette's ELMO moments...
The importance of buffer time in virtual meetings.

Here's the ELMO card and a link to Leila using the Supercards!

Pilar's been working with Sam and Yoris from Happy Melly One on a feedback system, using a Trello board based on the Learning 3.0 Canvas.

Possible Roadblocks
Expected Results - what do we want to see?
Options and Considerations
What should we try immediately?


19:35 mins Our Conversation
A few more reflections on the Audacious Salon at Agile 2016. (You can hear all about it in Episode 85.)
Lisette's 100th episode!

Bear in mind noisy rooms - if you're in an open office, bear in mind that your ambient noise will go straight into somebody's ears.

Permission to speak for remote team members during a meeting. You can read people in an office space or if everyone is virtual, you learn to read each other. How are we going to structure the discussion so that we know when we want to speak or when we need to move on?

Think about how you're going to keep the conversation going and open with the technology you've got.

When one person is remote... we have to redefine how we work together.

"When one person is remote, the whole team is remote" is really about putting everyone on an equal footing.

What are the problems in the real time meeting in a hybrid team? When should we have hybrid meetings?
Try not to make the remote participant as if they were in the room, they are not, and therefore your process needs to change.
Use online tools to capture ideas - you can then carry on the discussion asynchronously with your online records.

Find a new rhythm and revisit how you work.

Find a new way of operating together which involves adapting your practices. Breaking down your current ones and deciding whether it's going to be useful in the new context.

Think about how you're allocating tasks. Decide whether you want cross-over between collocated and remote or separate tasks and projects to remote teams and collocated ones.

Link to blog post on Sococo blog:

Why does the agile community seem resistant to adopting working in distributed teams? The agile practices are perfect for this way of working!