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    Join 4,178 other subscribers – No, we won’t have a video call for that! (Communications in distributed teams by Florian Haas)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/29

Not just for during the Covid times: the helpful examples and thorough explanation by Florian makes this a must-watch video for anyone wanting to participate in distributed teams.

[Wayback] – No, we won’t have a video call for that!

The above link has downloads for both Video (mp4 and WebM formats) and audio (mp3 and opus formats). I found the video easier to digest.

If you want to watch it on-line, there is the YouTube video (below the signature) which has closed captions as well.

Kristian Köhntopp made a [Wayback/] short intro and abstract on Twitter:

Exactly one year ago, the office building I was working from every work day caught fire, and was closed for a month for renovation.

On the day of the planned reopening, my employer declared Covid emergency and asked everybody to work from home.

So that is how we work since then, and we will continue to do so until at least October.

Not too much has changed, though. When the new opens, there will be probably a lot of pain between the people who go to the office to work and those who don’t.

The talk above by @xahteiwi explains in a nice way how to work properly remote first:

  • Writing over speaking.
  • Asynchronous over synchronous.
  • Structured communication over free form.

Some things require a free form video chat, but even then, set an agenda and write minutes.

Florian also explains when to use what, and what situations would require a synchronous wide-band channel, but most of them are exceptional, and most of the time you could execute better using structured, written, async mode comms.

Having said that, if you want his talk as a briefing, here is a Youtube:

First watch the video, then read the full speaker notes at [Wayback] No, We Won’t Have a Video Call for That! – “My talk from FrOSCon 2020, Cloud Edition.”

More on-line:


Summary by Kris

Video by Florian

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