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22May

How to Onboard and Train New Virtual Team Members

Hiring new employees can feel like a risk. And in fact, it is. SHRM research recently showed that half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months. This places huge import on the interview and onboarding process for a company, especially when a team is distributed.

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.
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.

29Nov

Context: the Fifth Element of Online Work

At our last webinar, co-sponsored by AgileCraft, we gave some power tips on how to create successful scaled distributed agile teams. From terminology to estimation methods, to facilitating ceremonies in multiple timezones, we managed to pack quite a bit into an hour!

08Nov

Online Office Parties: The Virtual Baby Shower

Sococo is extraordinarily lucky to have the smartest and most enthusiastic customers on the planet. In our journey bringing the office to the online space, we have worked with these folks to learn everything we can about how they approach creating and unifying distributed teams. Our friends at Seeq are best in class when it comes to creating culture in an online team, and have really nailed it when it comes to organizing office social events in their Sococo space.

13Sep

Distributed Teams: How to Assess Level of Team Performance

Global talent, market expansion and cost pressures are the major drivers that lead to many organizations establishing distributed teams, where all employees are not co-located in one office. The result is that companies have employees that may be working from different offices, adopting flexible working one or two days a week or even working remotely from home full-time.

Global Talent:

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.
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.
27Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 – Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? (Day Two)

Not only is Atlanta hot, day two of the Audacious Salon session on Distributed Agile with the fantastic Mark Kilby and Michael Herman was smoking! Again, we filled up extremely early to the point where the staff basically has a bouncer outside the room to block access. There was a nice chunk of new participants and a good group of returnees who came back to continue this feisty, messy, and wonderfully chaotic discussion.
26Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 — Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution?

We at Sococo are having a fun, busy and HOT (we’re in Atlanta) time here at Agile 2016. One of the main reasons we’re participating this year is to support the fabulous Mark Kilby and Michael Herman for their session in a brand new track called The Audacious Salon. Our topic? Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? Yesterday was the first session and we were blown away by the results.