Virtual and Remote Team Practices—Three Principles
In general, when thinking about practices, it can be important to follow these three virtual foundations:
1. Keep it simple
2. Make it visible
3. Make it accessible
Keeping it simple is critical when there may be different team members who might interpret things differently. Simplicity is key for remote work, especially when different languages are at play.
Complexity is the kiss of death! Making things visible helps to keep things clear and top of mind. Examples of making things visible range from using streaming where possible, to using visual dashboards like the Red, Yellow, and Green Stoplight, to sending out visual reminders.
Another important part of making things visible is unearthing assumptions. Assumptions are inevitable in virtual teams and serve to weaken the foundation.
Keeping things visual and visible is key to remote work success. This can be achieved with the use of Kanban boards, slide design, visual dashboards, and videos, to name a few. Kanban boards help us to lay out and visualize workflows, with the tracking columns, “To Do,” “In Progress,” and “Done.” As Kim Scott writes, “A Kanban board is different from a dashboard because it focuses activities and work in progress. It gives your team time to identify and resolve
issues before they hurt the results.”
What can you do to visualize your workflows, both as a team and individually?
Another important tool is the One-Page Plan, which is explored later in this chapter.
Making things accessible so that people can access things 24/7 on different platforms, connections, and ways is also critical. Virtual and remote teams will want to get into the practice of thinking through how they are going to file things, and where and how they are going to update versions.
These small issues can become a critical issue when files are not updated and saved and team members work off of old versions”
Excerpt from Reconnecting Workspaces, page 141 and 142.
What is important for you to note about making things visible, keeping things simple and making them accessible?
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