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Long Distance Relationships That Work: Making Remote Design Happen

Creative disciplines present unique challenges for remote collaboration. The visual interaction and open environment needed for creative work can be tricky to achieve in virtual settings.

Some design teams can't imagine remote scenarios fitting their culture. But effective remote design collaboration is possible.

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Long Distance Relationships That Work: Making Remote Design Happen

  1. 1. Long-Distance Relationships That Work DESIGNING WITH REMOTE TEAMS
  2. 2. @JimKalbach CONSULTING & EDUCATION, Mural.ly
  3. 3. Agenda REMOTE WORK 4 FACTORS + DEMOS Q&A
  4. 4. TWITTER QUESTION What are your biggest challenges when trying to do creative design work with remote teams? #remotedesign @mural
  5. 5. Work Anywhere REMOTE WORK IS ON THE RISE… ...BUT CREATIVE DESIGN MUST GO ON
  6. 6. 4 Factors 1. PEOPLE 2. WORKSPACE 3. PROCESS 4. RESULTS THINK: “Digital First”
  7. 7. 1. PEOPLE: Remote Team Situations 1. SPLIT TEAM 2. MIXED TEAMS 3. ALL REMOTE There are three main settings for remote collaboration.
  8. 8. 2. Digitally-Defined WORKSPACE WEBCAMS AUDIO SCREENS FILES EMAIL CHAT The digitally defined workspace consists of an ecosystem of tools. Typically tools include some combination of audio, webcams, screensharing, chat, email, and file sharing. What’s missing is a virtual whiteboard... COLLABORATION ECOSYSTEM
  9. 9. 2. Digitally-Defined WORKSPACE Add a virtual whiteboard to your ecosystem of tools.
  10. 10. 3. Digital First PROCESS Design consists of divergent and convergent thinking. However, some offline exercises will NOT work well online, e.g., breakout groups. Change your process to be digitial first. Use multiple devices to involve others, and leverage being online.
  11. 11. 3. Digital First PROCESS Working digitally provides more opportunities for asynchronous collaboration. Templates let others contribute at any time from any place. Assign pre-work and post- work to keep the conversation going.
  12. 12. 4. RESULTS: Benefit from flexible structure ● You can do the analysis in same place ● Copy notes for alternative clustering ● Use voting for group consensus
  13. 13. Summary 1. PEOPLE 2. WORKSPACE 3. PROCESS 4. RESULTS Be aware of different remote settings and how people will engage Add a visual whiteboard to the collaboration tool ecosystem Adjust your process for online and mix sync and async work Leverage being “digital first” for flexible structure
  14. 14. Sign up for a trial at Mural.ly Read our blog: http://blog.mural.ly Webinar recording: https://vimeo.com/125209267 Thank you

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Creative disciplines present unique challenges for remote collaboration. The visual interaction and open environment needed for creative work can be tricky to achieve in virtual settings. Some design teams can't imagine remote scenarios fitting their culture. But effective remote design collaboration is possible.

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