Thursday, April 22, 2004

Scheduling

In any collaborative endeavor, one of the biggest problems is scheduling. While better asynchronous tools can help, some things need to be synchronous. Why? Focus. If you have everyone in the room (especially physically, but virtual can work), you have their attention and commitment. You can actually make progress.

I've always been fascinated by successful highly distributed teams that rarely if ever have meetings and rely mainly on asynchronous tools. I think that the most successful of these teams do it because of their focus and their passion. They've often volunteered for the assignment rather than being told to do it.

There are ways to get focus in the corporate world, but it is hard to engender passion.

And yes, I am trying to schedule out the rest of the strategy project, which is why these thoughts came to mind.

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