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Can You Hear Me Now by Jesse Fewell

I’m launching my first book today at #PMICongress

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Can You Hear Me Now by Jesse FewellFriends, I’m really excited to announce the release of my first book today, Can you hear me now: Working with global, distributed, virtual teams.

Here’s the abstract from the back cover:

Today’s work world has radically changed.¬†Whether video chatting with China, or taking a call from home, more and more professional work is no longer in-person. Often, this yields frustration and misunderstanding. However, a deeper look reveals some surprises:

  • Everyone is doing it, and not just for costs
  • Many organizations are thriving with it
  • Most pain points have simple work-arounds

This handy guidebook will walk you through tips and benefits for working with people outside your office.

This is the synthesis of researching today’s trends, together my colleagues personal stories, along with my own experiences working abroad. I’ll post later about the mind-blowing MiniBuk format, but the topic is relevant and important to today’s work leaders.

Right now, the ONLY way you can get a copy of this book is to attend one of my talks or training workshops. So, anyone who comes to my conference talk today at 4:45pm in MR391 will get a free copy.

Again, so much to talk about with respect to this topic and the book project itself, but I wanted to first get the word out about the launch today.

10 Tips on How to Lead a Global Virtual Team

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Dan McCarthy had a good post last week about leading global virtual teams. As someone that’s knee-deep in forming a professional association for Agile Project Managers, this is something that hits close to home for me.

I am one of several people on the Steering Committee for the emerging Project Management Institute (PMI) Agile Forum. The team is distributed across the globe, works after-hours, and has limited face-to-face meetings. How does a volunteer group of professionals effectively coordinate their work?

A few of Dan’s points caught my attention…mostly because I don’t think we’re doing them as well as we should:

  • “pay extra attention to the basic mechanics of good meeting and project management”
  • “Spend a lot of time ‘off-line’ with individual team members.”
  • “Build in time for some formal and informal team building”

The post is a good read and has much more, but these were the items that I need to improve on.