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Making Distributed Teams Work (Effectively, Even!)

Jim Holmes
September 10, 2011

Making Distributed Teams Work (Effectively, Even!)

Working with distributed teams can cause extreme frustration, slower velocity for releases, and outright failures of successful completion of your projects – but it doesn’t have to be this way! Distributed teams can help you bring great value to your customers, but you’ll need a much different approach and mindset to make your teams work effectively.

This session will walk you through critical aspects of effective distributed teams including forming your team, tools for effective communication, smoothing your workflow, and dealing with conflict. Along the way you’ll pick up practical tips and tricks learned by Jim during years of working with teams spread across the globe.

( Psst! Many of these topics covered in this talk work great for co-located teams, too!)

Jim Holmes

September 10, 2011
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  1. Making  Distributed  Teams  Work (Effec8vely,  Even!) Saturday, September 10, 11

  2. @aJimHolmes hCp://FrazzledDad.com Saturday, September 10, 11

  3. What  Makes  Great   Distributed  Teams? Saturday, September 10, 11

  4. The  same  things  that   make  great  co-­‐located   teams!

    Saturday, September 10, 11
  5. This  is  the  op8mum Menlo  Ins8tute  (www.menloinnova8ons.com)  in  Ann  Arbor,

     MI.    Courtesy  of  @RobGibbens Saturday, September 10, 11
  6. This  was  the  my  reality Map:  hCp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/BlankMap-­‐World-­‐large.png Saturday, September 10,

    11
  7. Find  Great  Folks Saturday, September 10, 11

  8. Saturday, September 10, 11

  9. Use  Your  Networks Saturday, September 10, 11

  10. Managing  Your  Hiring   Process hCp://bit.ly/hZxIrM Saturday, September 10, 11

  11. Ini8al  Contact  (Resume  &  Cover  LeCer) Ques8onnaire Phone  Screen Interview

     Loop Final  Phone  Screen CEO  Interview Saturday, September 10, 11
  12. Use  A  Ques8onnaire hCp://bit.ly/eiLsu2 Saturday, September 10, 11

  13. PAIRING! Saturday, September 10, 11

  14. ManyEyes  find  ProblemS Saturday, September 10, 11

  15. Grease  the   Communica8on Saturday, September 10, 11

  16. Roll  with  a  Great  Process Saturday, September 10, 11

  17. Saturday, September 10, 11

  18. Find  Great  Tools Saturday, September 10, 11

  19. (or  at  least  ones  that  suck  the  least) Saturday, September

    10, 11
  20. Get   mmunica8ng IM  +  Skype,  FTW! Campfirenow.com IRC Saturday,

    September 10, 11
  21. Interac8ve  /  Pairing SharedView  (Windows) TeamViewer  ($) Join.me Saturday, September

    10, 11
  22. Sharing  (one  way) WebEx.com LiveMee8ng GotoMee8ng.com Saturday, September 10, 11

  23. Smooth   Processes Saturday, September 10, 11

  24. Op8mal Courtesy  of  @TimWingfield Saturday, September 10, 11

  25. AgileZen Saturday, September 10, 11

  26. TargetProcess Saturday, September 10, 11

  27. Saturday, September 10, 11

  28. Boost   Collabora8on Saturday, September 10, 11

  29. Collabora8on  Isn’t  Just  a  Buzzword Saturday, September 10, 11

  30. Planning  /  Storyboarding Cardmapping.com Saturday, September 10, 11

  31. Share  Notes Titanpad.com Saturday, September 10, 11

  32. DO  YUR  RETROSPECTIVZ,  K? Twiddla.com Saturday, September 10, 11

  33. Mindset   MaCers (lots) Saturday, September 10, 11

  34. GIVEN  I  have  an  issue  to  discuss WHEN  I  chose

     how  to  communicate THEN  phone  or  Skype  are  greater     than  instant  message AND  instant  message  is  greater     than  e-­‐mail Saturday, September 10, 11
  35. Time  Zones  MaCer 6  PM 12  AM 3  PM Saturday,

    September 10, 11
  36. Remove   Roadblocks Saturday, September 10, 11

  37. Yes,  you  need  gear hCp://www.flickr.com/photos/mndoci/5079545813/ hCp://www.flickr.com/photos/zerial/2804865447/ But  what’s   realis8c?

    Infrastructure Saturday, September 10, 11
  38. Drama (individual  or   team) hCp://www.flickr.com/photos/toddpetersen/33399912/ Saturday, September 10, 11

  39. EMPOWER   YOUR  TEAM Saturday, September 10, 11

  40. REWARD YOUR  TEAM Saturday, September 10, 11

  41. 41 Saturday, September 10, 11

  42. What  Makes  Great   Distributed  Teams? Saturday, September 10, 11

  43. The  same  things  that   make  great  co-­‐located   teams!

    Saturday, September 10, 11
  44. @aJimHolmes hCp://FrazzledDad.com Saturday, September 10, 11