The adoption of new collaboration tools such as Zoom has risen recently. As a result communication & collaboration between teams is changing.
The world changed a lot in the last few weeks and as a result, so has the way we work. As someone who has worked from home remotely for the last seven or so years, I am familiar with collaboration tools such as Zoom and Slack.
Remotely working creates its own advantages and disadvantages. Working remotely allows more focused time to not be distracted by disruptions. No more people knocking at the cubicle or office, no more constant phone calls, and importantly you get to work without jeans.
However, on the flip side, your work will consist of more digital collaboration tools. You likely won’t have a large wall to stick hundreds of post-it notes on the wall. You’ll likely be using Miro or a similar tool.
Your communication and collaboration style will need to adapt.
Communication & collaboration is changing
1. As Product People, our job involves using a bunch of skills people refer to as soft skills. In this article soft skills is defined as Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” Soft skills — a hard requirement for product managers.
2. Here is another article that discusses soft skills, titled Hard & Soft skills for product managers.
3. How you communicate remotely will change. Here are 5 Tips for communicating effectively on a Remote Team
4. How you collaborate remotely will also change. Read how to collaborate effectively in a remote team.
5. Working remotely presents its own challenges and opportunities, however, in this article as the author put’s says “To put it another way, I understand why people think that product management isn’t a role that can be done remotely. There’s a lot of team communication involved, and of course, that can be challenging over electronic channels. But with a slight shift in the lens you view product management through, those challenges fade away as the benefits of deliberate focused work and carefully considered collaboration come to fruition. I’ll say this: it’s totally worth it.” Read Remote product management: challenges and opportunities
Remote work has its fair share of ups and downs. However, if executed correctly has many benefits. As a bonus here is the Remote work report published last year.
If you have any questions or just wanna chat about effectively setting up a remote work environment, hit me up.
Until next week,