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20Jun

Guest Access in Sococo: Your New Secret Weapon

Guest Access is one of the most powerful features in Sococo that doesn’t get enough credit. It’s easy to use, and allows you to open your digital office space to outsiders and friends who might not otherwise be able to visit you at work.
 
Follow along for an overview of how to utilize guest access in Sococo. But first, let’s talk about how you can use it to increase transparency and performance in your organization—and what makes it so great.

03Jun

How Do You Measure a Year?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year? The cast of the Broadway musical RENT might say in sunsets and cups of coffee. I can’t count the number of bottles of wine I drank, or ice cream cones, or mosquito bites, or how many times I had calls drop during my year working remotely for NetSuite traveling with Remote Year, but I was able to put together a few of these numbers to measure my year:

23May

The Internet’s Best Whiteboarding Apps for Distributed Agile Teams

At Sococo, one of our top feature requests is for an integrated whiteboard as part of a room. We get it! We love whiteboarding, too. (What Agile team doesn’t?) 

There are several app solutions that will give you the feeling of a whiteboard in a Sococo room. We’ve compiled a list of favorites, so you can collaborate in your browser and share your screens to host the whiteboard session of your dreams—no matter where your team is located.

1. RealtimeBoard

12Apr

Icebreakers for Distributed Agile Teams

Getting to know new coworkers is relatively easy when you work together in a physical office space. When you spot a new person at the water cooler, you’ll eventually say hello, chat about weekend plans, and become better team members and collaborators as a result. But if you’re working from a home office, it’s easy to keep your head down, get your work done, and fly under the radar without anyone ever noticing you—and that’s not a good thing.

21Mar

Could I Get Tired of Paradise?

I woke up this morning to the sun shining through my window and the sound of the ocean waves crashing at 5AM. I drank coffee with beans that were grown at the base of a Central American volcano. I sat on my porch and watched surfers rise and fall with the sea while I turned on my laptop to start my work day.

14Mar

Meetings, Workshops, and Presentations: Success in Facilitation Styles With Distributed Teams

If you work in a traditional office environment, you probably don’t give much thought to your day-to-day interactions with your teams. Whether it’s a brief meeting, a formal presentation for the C-suite, or a workshop with your customers, the style of your communication comes pretty naturally. But if you work remotely—or if some of your other team members are distributed across time zones—something as simple as a daily check-in meeting suddenly requires a bit more thoughtfulness and planning.

07Mar

The Usual Suspects: Overcoming the Most Common Issues Affecting Distributed Agile Teams

As part of the LeanAgile US conference last week, my colleagues and fellow distributed agile nerds AgileBill, David and Mark hosted a bonus online event in Sococo. This was for event attendees who wanted to learn more about our favorite topic, distributed agile.

04Jan

My Amazon Prime Life

In my Amazon Prime life I wore pants.

In my Amazon Prime life I had two different shades of make-up foundation.

In my Amazon Prime life I ordered my burgers without pickles, and usually got them that way.

In my Amazon Prime life I hosted a weekly viewing party of The Bachelor.

In my Amazon Prime life I had 63 pairs of shoes.

06Dec

The Future of Work is Now

The workplace location has traditionally been the primary reason people would choose to live in a certain area. Offices, as much as farms or manufacturing plants, have routinely tethered their workers to a single location as a way to bring people together. Now in the digital age, we can break the tether for many and move the work to the people.