In the spring of this year, we set up Think Productive Canada. It was a big step: our first foray into international collaboration and one that was nearly a year in the planning. It’s been a fantastic experience so far. But even though at Think Productive we’re used to working with people remotely, it turns out Calgary is very different from Coventry! So here are a few reflections on successful collaborations around the world:
Get the technology right
Make it easy to communicate and define your tools, so that it’s always clear what tech to be using for what purpose – and you avoid wasting lots of time choosing, selecting and setting things up. We use a mixture of email, skype, join.me (for sharing screens) and whatsapp (for sharing more personal updates). We also use a free conference call service called “United Conferencing” which means we can have a UK team conference call, and have our colleagues in Canada dial in on a local rate number.