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) Saving Changes...
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.
Use Project management tool like ProofHub for chat, task management, proofing, project management and many more. Saving Changes...
- 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 Saving Changes...