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Do you do much of our work online? As more of us do,
we're finding new ways to communicate with colleagues who may be in distant
locations. Working across distributed teams is all about collaborative work
with our colleagues who may be in different cities or even countries. At TechSoup, the
need for us to all work in the same office is becoming decidedly old school. We have had to find ways for people to work well together when they are in different locales.
find out what TechSoup's most distributed team has discovered about how to do this
effectively, learn-by-doing with our Community Team's TweetChat on July 11.
The learn-by-doing part of this is about trying out
Twitter chatting using a website called TweetChat.com. It's a way of having a
rapid paced conversation online. It's pretty simple:
Find a simple screencast on how to do a TweetChat.
Working in distributed groups is in the realm of green IT
because it is a form of telework, or work done outside of the traditional
on-site work environment. The main environmental benefit of telework and
working in distributed teams is that it decreases the fuel and energy
consumption needed to travel to offices - in my case it also saves me about two
and a half of hours travel time per day, a good deal of money, and plenty of
wear and tear on me.
The software development industry has been working in
distributed or virtual teams for many years and so there is an extensive
literature on the subject. Check out the TweetChat on July 11 for a quick introduction on how it translates to nonprofit and library work.
The TechSoup community has also had some discussions on this subject, including:
Project management tools for managing many projects with a remote team. forums.techsoup.org/.../107999.aspx