4 takeaways from personal remote work experience

  • News and status updates (as well as technical presentations). A necessary and effective type of communication. There are meetings involving several presentations; they are a multidirectional exchange, usually between two or more teams which are not particularly familiar with each other’s activities. Such meetings are unavoidable, but if they are frequent and prolonged, they indicate the lack of defined agendas, clear plans and normal channels of low-level communication between the teams.
  • Individual reports to management at a group meeting, like a presentation at a conference call. A completely unnecessary form of communication, a bureaucratic exercise that should be avoided at all costs. Many years ago, I worked for a large company whose chief engineer liked to bring together about 50 middle and lower managers and have them report, one by one, on the achievement of their product plans. I always fell asleep at such meetings; the challenge was to wake up when my turn came.
  • Brainstorming is a collaborative discussion about a problem, aimed at finding a solution. It shouldn’t be overused — but when employed purposefully, it’s a great way to communicate, stimulate creativity, and make progress on difficult tasks.

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