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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.
05Apr

Remove the Webinar Gag Rule for Online Events—And Embrace Humanity

While Sococo is indisputably the best place for an online agile team to work together (Okay, sure, I’m a little biased!), we’re starting to explore the huge amount of value the platform can add to online learning events and gatherings. One of my favorite parts of my job here at Sococo as Director of Community is all the innovative, fun, and audacious sessions I get to host with our customers, partners, and like-minded distributed agilists. These events are held in our super cool Sococo Innovation Lab, the hub of our Distributed Agile Mastery Community program.

19Jan

Reflecting on 2016, and the Year Ahead for Sococo

I wanted to thank all of our users for a wonderful 2016, and to share some of my thoughts on 2017.  Our mission at Sococo is to empower distributed agile teams to be high performing.

As you experience everyday, we do this by providing an online office space.  We recreate  the benefits of physical co-location in an online world.  And we do so with the needs of your Agile team in mind. 

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.
04Oct

The Nuts and Bolts of a Sales Team's Agile Transformation

Here at Sococo, we recently made the decision to take our entire company through an Agile transformation. While our software team has been Agile since day one, the rest of the company has been run on more traditional seat-of-the-pants startup way. My experience in implementing Agile is 90% with software teams, with the other 10% being me trying to figure out in my spare time how to be more agile as a team of 1.5 marketers.
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.
15Sep

Distributed Teams: How to Assess Level of Team Performance (Part 2)

The second area of assessment is to understand the contribution that the team is making. This is really an effectiveness measure and is focused on the quality of the output of the team, from a customer value perspective. It very much borrows from the key principles of the Agile Manifesto. In very simple terms, it is understanding how much of the outcome can be divided into the “valuable to the customer” bucket and how much ends up in the rework bucket.
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: