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Anecdote: Distributed teams and the bane of time zones

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Kennedy and the French Revolution | Main | The difficulty in being the expert interpreting a story » 19/06/07 | Distributed teams and the bane of time zones By Shawn. I do agree, however, how important it is to consider time zone issues. Follow me on Twitter. Filed in Collaboration. Here are Lyndas 10 golden rules.

#fslt12 Final Week – Microteaching

Jenny Connected

See time zones below). Wed 20 June – Check your time zone. Frid 22 June – Check your time zone. This week the focus is teaching and the evaluation of teaching. This #fslt12 course is based on a course which runs face-to-face at Oxford Brookes University. These include: feelings of exposure.

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Profiling Employee Expertise – the Behavioural Aspects

Michael Sampson - Currents

Having good technology on offer to support the profiling of employee expertise is a helpful capability in collaboration tools. Don’t Ask for Dumb Data.

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#fslt Week 4 with Dave White

Jenny Connected

Date and time: Wed 13 June 3.00 – 5.00 Check your time zone. Dave tweeted some time ago that he was preparing for this session.

Decrease Interruptions, Increase Productivity

Michael Sampson - Currents

Train your customers, associates, employees, vendors and others to communicate with you no more frequently than some agreed upon number of times per day or week with the expectation of a delayed response. Set up an exit time at the start of a phone call / meeting. Get lost. Don’t be so accessible. Go away, close your door, etc.

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Getting to Poland

Michael Sampson - Currents

With Sunday being such a beautiful day, I took the walk slowly and got there in about 40 minutes, and just on starting time too. With daytime hours here being almost the complete opposite to New Zealand, getting quickly into this time zone is mostly about not giving into the temptation to sleep during the day.

#FSLT12 Week 3 with Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner

Jenny Connected

Check your time zone. Its not often we get two Bank Holidays in a row, Monday and Tuesday. But people are beginning to drift back now.

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Review of Four Days in Poland

Michael Sampson - Currents

My time in Poland has come to an end. I started bringing my running gear on these long trips to help me adjust to the time zone faster and not be awake so much during the early hours of the morning. I did have a particular soup at the Hilton a couple of times though, which was apparently a “Polish” dish.

Where Did February Disappear?

Michael Sampson - Currents

a day getting back to New Zealand, and then a couple of days getting back to the New Zealand time zone. Friday next week is the last day of February. Where have those weeks gone? The client is about to enter a pilot phase for new ways of working using two different types of sites in SharePoint. It was a useful couple of days. -

Who You Calling Virtual? Leading a Virtual Team

Partnering Resources

They’re only called virtual teams because members are distributed across organization boundaries, time zones, and countries. Keep It Up.

2nd Networked Learning Hotseat – Nov 20-25

Jenny Connected

Check out your time zone here: [link]. The Ist Hotseat was well worth attending – so I’m looking forward to this one. Value of Nets, Sets and Groups. This year’s second Hot Seat discussion in the area of networked learning runs from November 20-25. You can enter the elluminate room here: [link].

G-Shock Watch with Phone Integration #gshock #iphone

Michael Sampson - Currents

How many times have you complained that you missed a call because you didn’t feel the phone’s feeble vibrating in your pocket? You know how cellphones set themselves automatically as you travel from time zone to time zone, courtesy of the cellular network? This arrangement makes a huge amount of sense.

Learning While Building eLearning: Part 3 – Facilitating Online

Full Circle Associates

This was your first time facilitating an online learning course. Next time we will do it better. We will try and fix that next time.

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A Webinar on Facilitating with Technology With 36 Co-Presenters

Full Circle Associates

Clearly I’m not the only one with this issue: “I have not been building in enough reflection time in my webinars. I love it.

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"The Technology is the Least Relevant Aspect in the Mix" - Nancy and Michael talk User Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

Most virtual meetings are still agonizing to sit through, people still clog up inboxes with attachments instead of posting documents on shared portals, and many continue to struggle when it comes to collaboration across time zones. and the result is now out. When you look around the organization, you see that very little has changed.

The Future of the WorkPlace – Social Business


As we come to wrap up another another one of those unforgettable years (2010, that is…), specially, for the Enterprise 2.0 Work swarms.

2nd Networked Learning Hotseat – Nov 20-25

Jenny Connected

Check out your time zone here: [link]. The Ist Hotseat was well worth attending – so I’m looking forward to this one. Value of Nets, Sets and Groups. This year’s second Hot Seat discussion in the area of networked learning runs from November 20-25. You can enter the elluminate room here: [link].

Slowing Down to Pay ATTENTION – the #365 Photo Practice

Full Circle Associates

About the same time I noticed that my friend and “inspiring being” Eugene Eric Kim posted Ten Days Into my 365 Photos Project.

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Leaving Norway; London for the Weekend

Michael Sampson - Currents

I arrived in Norway early evening on Saturday (after flying in from New Zealand), tried to get into the Norway time zone on Sunday, and then presented three workshops from Monday to Wednesday at Rosenholm. I brought my running gear to Europe for the first time. A couple of observations on my visit to Norway: 1.

Why Use Collaboration Tools?

Michael Sampson - Currents

People have to interact regularly with the people they work alongside, only the “alongside” is separated by time zones, countries, and even continents.

The Forest and the Trees: Managing in Business Ecosystems

Partnering Resources

It’s time for us to pay attention to our business ecosystems. It’s time to think broad, not just narrow. How do you do this?

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Some final thoughts about #Fedwikihappening

Jenny Connected

This covered all the time zones, with Ward even doing one at 4.00 The Fedwiki Happening finishes today. Their posts are very informative.

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What motivates humans to collaborate? – 100% Open

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

-->. 100% Open. Open innovation. Nothing more, nothing less. About us. Board. Blog --> Contact. Skip to content. Our Offer. About Open Innovation.

2012 26

"Where" Are You Most Productive?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Craig at Time Management Ninja asks where are you your most productive ? Often we talk about being, “In the zone.”. I want to know where your zone is located. We often talk about time-shifting, or “Doing a task at the time when it reduces the amount of time required to complete it.”. Not when. Not how.

Technology Review Tackles Collaboration Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

build the 24-hour knowledge factory - use multiple time zones to your advantage. MIT's Technology Review publication kicked off its new topic for the month: Collaboration Tools. Throughout March we will look at the latest tools for collaboration within and between organizations. Collaboration isn't a new idea. keep it real. All good.

Smartphones for Collaboration - Good or Bad?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Whoever is running the group must accommodate smartphone users by providing more support and time consuming explanations after the fact. Accommodating less-than-ideal access to a file under development can add an inefficient layer of “overhead” to group interaction in terms of added time, cost, delay, and potential for mistakes and confusion.

Overcoming the Potential Chaos in WAN SharePoint Deployments

Portals and KM

At the same time, virtually every business and government organization has become distributed, stressing its ability to collaborate across different geographies, time zones, and even cultures. The remaining parts of the series will appear on this blog over the next two weeks. All this can lead to a low platform adoption rate.

Minter Ellison - "One Firm" Strategy Powered by Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

As a key adviser to leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies and government organisations, success for Minter Ellison depends on the firm's ability to tap into the wealth of experience and expertise of its lawyers around the world and across multiple time-zones to deliver results. The Cisco tools are: - TelePresence. WebEx.

Academic BEtreat (#betreat12) pre-conference call

Jenny Connected

Juggling time zones is going to going to be a challenge for the synchronous meetings – since participants are from the US, Europe and Japan.

It's good to be green

Endless Knots

Further to my post earlier today , Tweeters are changing their locations to Tehran, changing their time zone to GMT +3:30, and coloring their avatars green. Here's the link to all the tweets on #Iranelection.   Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Virtual Teams Web/Tech

Trend Questions: More Synchronous Online Interaction?

Nancy White

I have to say, for one who has a lot of meetings at 6am in the morning, I’m NOT a fan of video at that time of day!). More synchronous?

Guesting with Connectivism & Connective Knowledge

Nancy White

Today I am a guest conversationalist (??) in the Connectivism & Connective Knowledge course run by Stephen Downes and George Siemens.

When the Leader is the Only One Remote From the Team

Leading Virtually

These might be the rest of the team or other factors, such as the time zone difference, if one exists. Presence of a faultline.

19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences


This is especially true with information like testing the virtual meeting software, getting into sessions, protocols during sessions, time zones, etc. Session timing and design is difficult online. You definitely need interaction and time for Q&A. For us, defining the times for sessions is difficult.


Viv Mcwaters

I’ve written before about the flow of work and the seasons, and how my energy waxes and wanes according to the time of the year. This, and the different time zones inhabited by my friends and colleagues, makes for some interesting connectedness – or not! So I am very much looking forward to the next few weeks.

Social XYZ: Got my answer in 30 minutes. with IBM Connections.

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

I took advantage of people in other time zones. Social XYZ Observations and musings about the Social Business revolution. It is 5:30 p.m.

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HR Magazine - Exclusive: Google research heralds arrival of the human systems director

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

And he can choose his own working hours, ideal given that his role within an international team of staff based in different time zones is best suited to early morning and late night video conferences. CloudDocs allows them to work in real-time, getting the work done in a fraction of the time it used to take in 2010.

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Preparing for my MOOC Contribution

Nancy White

This time it is massive in soooo many ways. So it is time to prepare. In three countries with less than 10% internet penetration at the time. At the same time their home office got a little freaked out… and they actually suggested (with some humor) that I had provoked a cult. And I have NO idea what I’m doing!

Interesting notion: Spend 3/4 of your time with those not co-located

Endless Knots

It is more difficult to follow standard meeting processes over distant locations, cultures and time zones. Take the time to state the meeting preparation expectations for the project. Find the best time zones for the team and alternate between them. Spend 70-80% of time with team members that are NOT co-located.

Get Collaborators to 'Touch and Feel' Unstructured Data - The BrainYard

Michael Sampson - Currents

doesn't sound like the most collaborative way to talk to someone, but it just might be. The tools at our disposal today are lacking in this scenario.