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Remote Teams – 9 tips for working remotely

When it comes to working remotely, what used to be a trend is now the new reality.

Good practices for working remotely

What was just a trend is now a reality for many companies, and we will surely learn a lot from this. We have listed nine tips for you and your team to put into practice.

#1 Create your own personal space

Do you remember your desk at work? You will need to create a similar space in your home. Here are some important things to arrange:

  • Set up a desk, a dedicated space to use while working from home.
  • Make sure you have a good internet connection.
  • Get a comfortable chair.

#2 Plan and think

Reserve the first hour of your day to plan what you are going to do. A little before finishing your workday, ask yourself: did I do all I had planned for today? What do I need to do to improve my daily routine?

#3 Take breaks

Dedicating yourself to the same activity for too long can be distracting and tiring. That is why you should take a break every hour. Remember that even in the office you used to drink a cup of coffee or a glass of water — that was your moment.

#4 Show empathy

Put yourself in other people’s shoes, taking into account the delicate moment we are currently experiencing. For example: when you send a message or call someone and that person does not respond right away, or if you can hear a child talk or cry during a meeting, especially now that schools are closed.

#5 Get feedback on communication

Gather your team on a regular basis to ask questions like how effectively they are communicating with each other, if they are being able to maintain team synergy, and whether their camera, audio, and microphone are working properly. I recommend asking these questions every day initially and then from time to time as required.

#6 Conduct daily meetings

It is very important to come to an agreement with your team about holding daily meetings, so everyone can attend. This interaction is essential so they do not lose track of the objectives.

#7 Hold checkpoint meetings

In addition to the daily meeting, teams should hold at least one checkpoint meeting, either in the middle or at the end of the day, to find out how they are dealing with the challenges to achieve their goal.

#8 Be dynamic in retrospective meetings

The agilist, who is one of the people responsible for maintaining everyone’s engagement in the ritual, should look for a retrospective involving all team members. From time to time they should ask if everyone is listening and if communication is flowing and invite another participant to help with the retrospective arrangements. If you have never run a remote retrospective with your team, an important tip is to start with the simplest technique, so you can build up confidence and get feedback from them.

#9 Solve problems remotely

By using any team communication tool and sharing your screen you can solve problems remotely with the help of a co-worker, like fixing a bug, confirming an information or even finding a partner to pair program with.

We have fully remote teams around the world. So believe me when I say it works. Just keep an open mind and always talk about what is working and what needs improvements.

Stay safe!

Glossary

Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two developers work together at a single workstation, one acting as the driver (writing the code) and the other as the observer (reviewing the code lines), switching roles from time to time.

Aligned. Agile. Accelerated.

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