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What is your strategy for managing remote teams?
More and more teams are working remotely today and this comes with a different set of challenges that working in the same location. This article collates some of the best practices for working with and managing remote teams:

What are some of the guidelines you follow for remote collaboration? Any good technique that has proven to be successful?
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In my humble opinion, the problem with this type of post is that seems to me the people who wrote this type of things never work with remote teams. The list is the same to take into account if the team is remote or located. I am working with highly distributed teams from more than 25 years ago. People who belongs to multiple countries, multiple cultures. And the worst thing to do is thinking that the same could be applied to all teams. I can write a lot. But trying to write something that could have some "academic" sustain the key is Trust and you can take a look to Covey´s "Speed of Trust" (I am not saying that you have to contract the course. What I am saying you have a sustain about trust there)

When working with a remote development team, team members have an incredible amount of freedom to work. But how do we know if people are doing work and going to deliver the tasks on time? It is one of the biggest fears because of lack of visibility and control. Thus, for the remote teams to exist and thrive, transparency and accountability are critical factors.

However, to facilitate transparency in a remote environment, you need to follow the following tips:

Set up clear project roles and responsibilities
Discuss with team members their specific goals in the project to keep everyone accountable.
Write down working schedule, holidays, meeting and other ground rules of teams.
Bring out in-house recruitment process.
Track key metrics of the project.
Try to oversee problems.

- Bridge the gap between onsite and offshore team with landed resources to ease coordination and communication
- During the Initiation Phase have a joint onsite kickoff-Meeting (I know it is an investment, but it pays off!). Try to have interim joint meetings (depends a bit on project length)
- try to have a ring-fenced offshore team to enable better velocity
- Collaboration Platform's used: Sharepoint and Rational Team Concert


First of all, thank you for sharing your article, easy read, fun images, but I had more or less similar thoughts that Sergio, I'm not super fan of this kind of articles that have a spectacular title as "The 10 best tips to manage properly remote teams, the ultimate remote teams advise"...

Working and leading with multicultural and diverse teams (I have fewer years than Sergio of experience), but I started about 10 years ago, I realized that each team, each industry, each culture is different, and we should learn from each team member, listen to them and understand their communication and motivation needs.

There are challenges and there are benefits, and the best thing is that nowadays we have more tools to perform properly our job.

We can give tips based on our experience, but we always have to take in mind that each individual team member is different.

I use more one-on-one meetings than I do team meetings. It is really hard to do effective virtual team meetings. I'd rather spend the time with each team member and make sure we understand each other's needs and expectations.

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