Saturday, January 15, 2011

6 ways to work more effectively on a virtual team

The world is becoming a smaller place as organizations are going global and IT is creating bridges between teams which are geographically far apart. It is becoming commonplace to find yourself working with a colleague who may be in a different city, country or  half a globe away in a different time zone.
I found a interesting document from Microsoft which suggests six ways which might help working with people who are in a different geographical location.
The six ways , in brief, are :
Ø  Using instant messaging for quick meetings.
Ø  Using a virtual conference room for formal group meetings.
Ø  Keeping the meetings organized.
Ø  Setting up a virtual water cooler, where you can have a informal discussion.
Ø  Reviewing the edits of co-workers , wherever they may be.
Ø  Staying in touch, using a PDA.
Most of us would be knowing about first, second and sixth. For those of you do not know, the document gives quick insights.  
As such virtual meetings become common and frequent , organizing them is a very useful idea. The third point talks about it. 
The fourth one is interesting.  By this you can have a feel of those informal chats with your colleagues, when you meet at the water cooler or the café. This is important since you get to know your co-workers and can work as a team. 
The fifth one talks about when you’re and your team member cannot go through a document together, then the ability to track the changes that any of the team member makes could be very useful and important.
The link to the document is :

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