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. Im three weeks into a new virtual team and Im surprised by the lack of awareness of team member time zones.

#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. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s ( OCSLD ) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).

2012 149

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?

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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. I have heard Dave speak a few time before and blogged about him , so I know I can look forward to this session.

2012 204

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. When collaborating with others is a vital part of getting your / their / “our” work done, especially across time zones, improving the productivity of the whole may require the allowance of more interruptions.

2013 134

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!). Even across diverse time zones, there is more synchronous. Flickr Creative Commons image from James Cridland. I love working asynchronously in text.

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. Terry Anderson & Jon Dron will facilitate a discussion on Nets, sets and groups. They start the week on Sunday 20th with an elluminate synchronous session at 1:00pm MDT.

2011 100

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. I got this tip via: "@ ronanvance This from @ johnperrybarlow @ warrenellis change settings to GMT +03:30 & home city Tehran to confuse the Iranian censors" Thanks, guys. Here's the link to all the tweets on #Iranelection.   Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Virtual Teams Web/Tech

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

Michael Sampson - Currents

Creating the possibility of working together effectively on a whiteboard, while scattered across time zones, is the long-running vision of Rafi Holtzman and his team at Luidia.

2011 148

Guesting with Connectivism & Connective Knowledge

Nancy White

We have two Elluminate discussions (both sessions can be accessed via this link): 11 am CST (see time zone conversions) and 7 pm CST (see time zone conversions). Today I am a guest conversationalist (??)

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#fslt12 Week 2 is underway

Jenny Connected

As with all MOOCs – even if you have plenty of time – it’s difficult to keep up with everything – if possible at all. Check your time zone here.

2012 195

Digital Habitats for project teams

Digital Habitats

A part of the project’s work needs to be focused on learning how to cope with differences in time zones, bandwidth, technology environment, language, customs regarding deadlines or commitments, etc., That sounds like the time for community thinking to me.

Working Remotely: Three Keys to Effectiveness

Michael Sampson - Currents

Most of us, if not all of us, are involved to some degree in projects that include team members from other time zones, countries, organizations, and cultures. On The Smarter Office blog this week, I wrote about three keys to being effective with virtual teams: " What do you call a team of people who always meet face-to-face around a meeting table and whiteboard? Adjectives such as minority, rarity, and old-school spring to my mind.

2012 124

Space

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.

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The Forest and the Trees: Managing in Business Ecosystems

Partnering Resources

Today, it’s time for us to spend a little less time looking at the animal tracks in our organizations and a little more time looking at the forest as a whole. It’s time for us to pay attention to our business ecosystems.

2013 235

Why Projects Fail: Realities from the PMINJ Symposium

21st Century Organization

It was after participants had completed a project network drawing exercise that we were reminded of the "human" dimension in project success: The challenge of communication across virtual teams (no face-to-face and body language; operating across time zones).

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. Terry Anderson & Jon Dron will facilitate a discussion on Nets, sets and groups. They start the week on Sunday 20th with an elluminate synchronous session at 1:00pm MDT.

2011 113

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. It’s time for a talk with them, and their managers, about how to free them up to participate in your work.

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. Add to the mix the right balance of human behaviours, and you have a situation ripe for benefit.

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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? Here’s what I have been up to: - a couple of days consulting with a client in Virginia, focused on governance and adoption for its SharePoint 2013-based collaboration platform. The client is about to enter a pilot phase for new ways of working using two different types of sites in SharePoint.

2014 109

Virtual Meetings: Design for Worst-Case Scenarios for Best Outcomes

Michael Sampson - Currents

That is, I know I can't possibly predict every single situation that might arise, so I do my best to anticipate what I think will happen 80% of the time for 80% of the participants. As far as the other 20% of the time -- well, we just have to cross that bridge when we come to it. In the land of virtual meetings, we don't have very much time to cross that bridge before the entire meeting can go irredeemably off track.

Notes on CUST115 ABS on Visual Social Communications

Michael Sampson - Currents

time zones, getting access to virtual teams. the right information, the right time. -. social and real time. -. Justin Lauder (ABS) and Darren Belford (IBM) are presenting on how the Australian Bureau of Statistics are using Polycom visual conferencing equipment in their environment. Some notes: 1. At the ABS over the past 14 months, have been doing a large project on visual social communications - essentially Sametime integrated with boardroom systems.

2013 122

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. Law firm Minter Ellison (with 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff in Asia Pacific and the UK) has chosen a range of Cisco collaboration gear to support its "one firm" strategy. "A

2011 109

#FSLT12 Week 3 with Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner

Jenny Connected

Check your time zone. We have had what feels like a bit of a pause over the weekend – many UK participants were maybe taking a break for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Its not often we get two Bank Holidays in a row, Monday and Tuesday.

2012 201

Sneaking into EPIC 2008

Learning Alliances

Collaborating and living with people at a distance, across many time zones now seems to be the norm, but it’s also a challenge we can’t quite handle or necessarily understand. Is multi-location, multi-time zone work liberating or enslaving?

2008 130

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. This is the first of a six part series I created, Robust SharePoint Performance in the Emerging Distributed Enterprise: Turning the Potential for Chaos into the Means for Success, sponsored by Certeon.

2012 144

Workshop in Seattle

Michael Sampson - Currents

Now if I could just get these time zones sorted, sleeping would benefit greatly. I've been working with a client in Seattle on user adoption for a SharePoint-based team collaboration application over the past two days (using the User Adoption In-House Workshop as the basis).

#fslt12 Week 2 is underway

Jenny Connected

As with all MOOCs – even if you have plenty of time – it’s difficult to keep up with everything – if possible at all. Check your time zone here.

2012 130

Insomnia in Ireland

Michael Sampson - Currents

With having to totally reverse my wake / sleep pattern due to the 12 hour time difference between where I normally live and where I've been working for the past few weeks, I've had very little sleep since getting here. So, rule of thumb about changing comes into play again: time to adjust is one day per time zone crossed. I've been in Europe for 12 days now; will be back in New Zealand in 4 days.

Will 2010 be the Year of Social TV? - Tim Dillard

Portals and KM

  For example, fans of certain TV shows from different time zones are saving the latest episodes of their favorite shows and then arranging common viewing times with their friends to watch the shows whilst discussing the action together on Skype, The shows themselves are also launching efforts, sometimes with mixed results. For example, with Twitter, real-time conversations about TV shows at the shows are broadcast live are linked together through the use of hashtags.

2010 136

"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. Nancy Settle-Murphy contacted me late last year with an invitation to co-write an edition of her monthly newsletter. Once I was back from annual leave, we met by Skype and talked for an hour, then worked together on the draft document.

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. On Friday evening I left New Zealand and headed to Warsaw.

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Digital Habitats for project teams

Learning Alliances

A part of the project’s work needs to be focused on learning how to cope with differences in time zones, bandwidth, technology environment, language, customs regarding deadlines or commitments, etc., That sounds like the time for community thinking to me.

"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.”. I'm most productive in my office (the where), but only when - it's quiet (via earplugs or music) and I'm working on a specific task for a set duration of time.

2011 114

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. A few comments after leaving: 1. It was a privilege to visit Poland, and I was very grateful for the opportunity.

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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. The series is set up with this paragraph: " Powerful software and widespread Internet connectivity are making it easier than ever for people to work together no matter where they happen to be. Throughout March we will look at the latest tools for collaboration within and between organizations.

Watching the Inaguration from Overseas

Nancy White

I was able to have the last session free so I could keep an eye on the inaguration, 6 time zones behind me, via the Internet. Last Tuesday I was in Rome at the FAO Headquarters for a three day “ Share Fair &# event.

2009 130

Tips for Facilitating a Week in Change11 MOOC

Nancy White

I was aiming for experience and reflection and, besides, no time to prepare. meaning days and times -- remember this is global so consider time zones].One Some may find this onerous work (and time consuming.)

2011 162

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. I have started blogging about this and hope to continue if time allows – but it might be a bit hectic!

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.

2010 104

A great meeting? Oxymoron?

Viv Mcwaters

Not only was he not in the room, he was on another continent and in a very different time zone, but was still an integral part of the meeting. We kept to time. I took part in a great meeting today. And I’m not good at meetings. Usually.

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. Dennis asks if smartphones are bad for collaboration , and gives a number of reasons why they can be: " 1.

2011 120

Facilitating Knowlege Flows

Link Center Essays

Access is also a factor, especially in a sprawling multinational corporation where people may be widely separated geographically and in very different time zones. When the length of the shortest path between a pair of nodes is high, it will take a long time for information to flow from one to the other. First, it may mean that people are spending more time interacting and maintaining relationships than working.