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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

22May

5 Tips for Overcoming the Language Barrier on a Distributed Team

In a distributed team, diversity can mean a number of things. Removing the barrier of geographic proximity and the need to commute can be a great advantage in getting the best possible people for the job. More and more, we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the flexibility of a distributed office to hire across borders and create an international team.
25Oct

Encouraging Collaboration in a Distributed Team Environment

They say that leading a team is similar to conducting an orchestra; with a lot of practice and attention, you can get everyone to play the same tune. But what do you do if the orchestra members are not only in different rooms, but on different continents? How do you get your team to perform a symphony when some members are playing while others are asleep? And how can you expect to get everyone on the same page when even something as simple as ensuring a time-sensitive email is read and actioned can pose a logistical challenge?
18Oct

10 Tips for Encouraging Casual Communication in a Remote Team Environment

Casual communication at work happens continually, and is often responsible for generating innovative ideas and initiating smart solutions. In a traditional office environment, where everybody works in the same physical area, such interaction can be anything from a chat in a break room or a couple of minutes before a meeting starts, to mapping out a task with colleagues in the kitchen area and pulling two or three people together for an impromptu meeting.
23Sep

The Femgineer Way: Poornima Vijayashankar on Building and Managing Remote Teams, Part 1

Mandy Ross, Director of Community with Sococo sat down with Poornima Vijayashankar, the founding engineer of  Femgineer.com to talk about her path to working remotely and eventually leading an international distributed team.
23Aug

Managing Requirements Across Cultures and Continents: Why It's Hard, and How to Make It Better

In our recent survey, 53% of the respondents indicated that miscommunication about managing requirements is a problem for their distributed team. This made it the top issue identified in the survey.
17Aug

Sococo on the Go: We Just Launched a Mobile App for iOS and Android

I’ll set the scene: I’m running through the airport to catch my connection and only have 15 minutes to have a quick conversation with my team to check in on tomorrow’s release. I open Sococo’s new mobile client, issue a multi-select ‘Get’ and successfully convene a release readiness meeting without breaking stride.
09Aug

5 Tips for Overcoming the Language Barrier on a Distributed Team

In a distributed team, diversity can mean a number of things. Removing the barrier of geographic proximity and the need to commute can be a great advantage in getting the best possible people for the job. More and more, we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the flexibility of a distributed office to hire across borders and create an international team.
29Jun

Practical Tools For Addressing Cultural Differences on Distributed Teams

Yesterday, I shared some of the findings I took from our June 23 webinar, Breaking Down Cultural Barriers on Your Distributed Team. But it’s not enough to simply acknowledge and understand how country and company cultures affect teams. Over the years, I’ve developed some practical tools and practices that teams can use to address their cultural differences.
17Jun

Cross Cultural Team Barriers on Distributed Teams: Survey Results

Today the majority of knowledge workers interact with people in different locations. From a cultural perspective, this trend has had an impact on how we as a workforce have had to change our behaviors and tackle new problems. Getting work done on distributed teams is not the same as getting work done on co-located teams. Collaboration across geographies and cultures presents new challenges and requires new ways of working in order to accommodate many cultures working harmoniously under one virtual company roof.