Focus Your Global Team On Results
Hugo Messer and Lisette Sutherland
18 December 2015
9am to 4pm
Delft, The Netherlands
The Global Team Workshop is designed to share experiences and learn how to:
- focus on ‘output only’
- create a sense of ‘one team’
- simulate a shared office
- communicate smoothly and overcome culture
Many global teams struggle to collaborate as smoothly as teams working in one office. There are many challenges around communication and culture. As a result, projects often get delayed and team members are frustrated with each other.
Implement a system to focus on output only
Many teams are caught in the ‘office hours paradigm’. Attendance is what counts instead of producing results. Global teams can only flourish with an output based system: clear responsibilities, priorities and KPI’s. Based on ‘The Rockefeller Habits’, we will share a system that produces results for global teams.
You will learn:
- How to focus your team on 2-5 top priorities
- How to measure output
- Cloud based tools to support this focus
- How other companies successfully implemented this system
Create ‘one team’
Increase the togetherness on your remote team by simulating the “human-ness” that we have when working in the same place.
To combat the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, remote teams need to work harder to increase that sense of team and improve communication. In this module we will explore the various tools and techniques we can use to simulate the office, online.
You will learn:
- How to create a high bandwidth work space
- Tools that allow you to communicate reliably
- Techniques for keeping everyone on the same page
Communicate better than a collocated team
The most cited challenge in remote work is ‘communication’, followed by ‘cultural differences’. Communication and culture are two sides of the same coin. With the right tools and systems, you can create a communication rhythm which produces results AND overcomes cultural differences. Based on Scrum and our own experience, we’ll teach you how.
You will learn:
- How to implement a ‘meeting rhythm ‘
- Tools to communicate effectively
- How to make cultural differences irrelevant
Hugo Messer has been building and managing teams around the world for over 10 years. He is the owner of Bridge Global, a global software powerhouse and the founder of Ekipa.co, the global marketplace for software teams. His passion is to enable people that are spread across cultures, geography and time zones to cooperate. Whether it’s offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make a global cooperation work. His other passion is entrepreneurship, starting up new ventures. To find out more, visit hugomesser.com
Lisette Sutherland helps teams work together from anywhere by sharing inspiring stories and offering online and in-person workshops. She is a specialist in creating online collaborative communities with over 10 years experience with web-based collaboration tools and online community management. Her goal is to get the best people working together regardless of location.
She co-authored “Engagement Management: a step-by step guide to building a thriving social network“, and helped over 40 organizations and businesses setup and run online communities. She is now working on a new book called “Collaboration Superpowers: Stories of remote teams doing great things”.