Remote Control: Your Guide to Successful Collaboration

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We work in an ever-changing business world that includes the introduction of new technologies and new techniques on a daily basis. Getting Things Done is not only a methodology, but a mindset. Contrary to common beliefs, this concept does not differ in remote work space than it does in the traditional office space. So while the corporate world adjusts to the new reality of remote working, there are things you can (and should) do to create a level of comfort with those stuck in a cube. Just try not to rub it in.







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Remote Control: Your Guide to Successful Collaboration

  1. 1. Remote Control:Your Guide toSuccessful Collaboration #remoteGTD jason@eightshapes.com @periodicdesign
  2. 2. A few questions 2
  3. 3. A few questionsWho works in a traditional office environment? 2
  4. 4. A few questionsWho works in a traditional office environment?Of those folks, how many of you want to workremotely? 2
  5. 5. A few questionsWho works in a traditional office environment?Of those folks, how many of you want to workremotely?Of those that do work remotely, how many getquestions that judge their work style? 2
  6. 6. Questions & Responses 3
  7. 7. Questions & Responses "I need you here, as part of the team." 3
  8. 8. Questions & Responses "I need you here, as part of the team." "We dont have the technology in place to allow for rapid communication." 3
  9. 9. Questions & Responses "I need you here, as part of the team." "We dont have the technology in place to allow for rapid communication." "Its nearly impossible for you to effectively "screen share" your work with me." 3
  10. 10. Questions & Responses "I need you here, as part of the team." "We dont have the technology in place to allow for rapid communication." "Its nearly impossible for you to effectively "screen share" your work with me." "How do you get work done? Id play video games all day." 3
  11. 11. Questions & Responses "I need you here, as part of the team." "We dont have the technology in place to allow for rapid communication." "Its nearly impossible for you to effectively "screen share" your work with me." "How do you get work done? Id play video games all day." "Do you shower?" 3
  12. 12. SURPRISE!Image Source: Amy Houser
  13. 13. We’re happier
  14. 14. Who am I?
  15. 15. Who am I? Jason Wishard
  16. 16. Who am I? Jason WishardInteraction Designer
  17. 17. Who am I? Jason WishardInteraction Designer EightShapes
  18. 18. Who am I? Jason WishardInteraction Designer EightShapes I work remotely...
  19. 19. Own it!
  20. 20. What does research say?
  21. 21. UIE Research !!! !!!???
  22. 22. Who is on the UX Team?
  23. 23. The findings 11
  24. 24. The findings"Its easy to put post-its on a wall, sharesketches, and critique ideas when youre justa few feet apart. Doing all that through time-shift electronic channels is difficult, if notnear impossible." 11
  25. 25. The findings"Its easy to put post-its on a wall, sharesketches, and critique ideas when youre justa few feet apart. Doing all that through time-shift electronic channels is difficult, if notnear impossible.""Mentoring, cross-discipline training, and theother facets that seem to contribute to thegrowth of the successful teams are muchharder with remote teams." 11
  26. 26. A couple of truths 12
  27. 27. A couple of truths"The few successful remote teams we sawwere remote from day one and everyonewas spread apart." 12
  28. 28. A couple of truths"The few successful remote teams we sawwere remote from day one and everyonewas spread apart.""While its possible to make a remote teamsucceed, it seems to us that it wont happenby itself. Special care of the team dynamicsis critical. " 12
  29. 29. How can I successfully collaborate?
  30. 30. Three Pillars
  31. 31. What are they? 15
  32. 32. What are they?A great team 15
  33. 33. What are they?A great teamAn effective workspace 15
  34. 34. What are they?A great teamAn effective workspaceA solid desktop environment 15
  35. 35. TeamImage Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pjoscelot/5916867724/
  36. 36. Learn your tool belt
  37. 37. No shortage of options
  38. 38. Find your bundle
  39. 39. Keep it social
  40. 40. People like people
  41. 41. Social networks arethe new water cooler
  42. 42. Get face time
  43. 43. Builds trustHi! Hi!
  44. 44. Don’t be camera shy
  45. 45. Keep an open door policy
  46. 46. Got 15 to Skype?
  47. 47. No more politics
  48. 48. Pyramids are political
  49. 49. Flat is better
  50. 50. Don’t be held hostage
  51. 51. Cinderella’s Carriage
  52. 52. Transparency is king
  53. 53. Over-communicate Today !!! !!! Tomorrow Next week Need help!
  54. 54. Actionable Communication
  55. 55. Don’t assume WTF?
  56. 56. Actionable emails
  57. 57. WorkspaceCONFIDENTIAL and PROPRIETARY • Do Not Share Without Permission
  58. 58. Reflect the teamVideo Source: Fast Company interview with Jason Fried and edited by Jason Wishard
  59. 59. Make it yours
  60. 60. Cubes are confining
  61. 61. Productive can be comfortable
  62. 62. Collaborative space
  63. 63. We wear multiple hats Project Plans Wireframes Documentation Prototypes
  64. 64. Task out your space Work Sketch Read
  65. 65. Location, location
  66. 66. Give yourself focus DoorAboveGarage
  67. 67. Have a commute
  68. 68. Avoid the gridlock...
  69. 69. ...and unwind CookTake a walk Take a ride
  70. 70. Work, not a lifestyle
  71. 71. Wait, my work is home
  72. 72. Solid work/life balance
  73. 73. The mobile office
  74. 74. Productive mobility
  75. 75. Productive mobility
  76. 76. Productive mobility
  77. 77. Get the right hardware
  78. 78. Here’s your Dell!
  79. 79. Mobility or Storage?
  80. 80. Dress the part
  81. 81. Sharp dressed (wo)man
  82. 82. Sharp dressed (wo)man
  83. 83. Desktop
  84. 84. Reduce your chrome
  85. 85. Chrome serves a purpose
  86. 86. Don’t let it get in the way
  87. 87. Close and hide apps
  88. 88. Don’t need it; close it
  89. 89. Turn off notifications
  90. 90. Gmail will be there
  91. 91. Set status expectations
  92. 92. What am I doing?
  93. 93. Stick to it!Available Status Reinforce Silence
  94. 94. Clean up the clutter
  95. 95. Folders, files, oh my!
  96. 96. Wallpaper selection
  97. 97. Personal flavor
  98. 98. Optimize it!
  99. 99. Appropriate screen resolution
  100. 100. Think smallBetter Screen Resolution
  101. 101. Reduce system load
  102. 102. If it syncs, shut it off
  103. 103. Secret Weapon
  104. 104. Collaboration Account
  105. 105. Real World Examples
  106. 106. Eric WileyUser Experience Designer
  107. 107. Jason RobbUser Experience Designer
  108. 108. David PanarelliUser Experience Designer
  109. 109. Prepare, prepare, prepare
  110. 110. Resources
  111. 111. WideTeams
  112. 112. @Telesaur
  113. 113. NoVaCoWork
  114. 114. Thanks! jason@eightshapes.com Find me @periodicdesign on:Twitter | LinkedIn | Flickr | Facebook

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