Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A very cool note on Distributed Team Connectivity

On last Thursday, I blogged briefly about Peggy Noonan's OpEd wherein she opines for the days of entrepreneurial optimism and the death-defying Tech growth of the 90's. Today, I had my own Noonan moment where I reflected on how far we have really come. Here's what happenned.

I was on my way this morning to a couple of meetings in Boston, when it was time for our Local Motors' semi-weekly stand-up. This regular meeting is like a modern-day Staff Meeting where virtual donuts are served, red staplers are passed around, and all sorts of juicy details are shared from one "department to another".




In all seriousness, these meetings are a valuable part of our maintaining situational awareness amongst a team that is necessarily spread way out.

What left me struck in amazement this morning was how seemlessly it went and yet how technically intensive it was. At 945am, I called on my blue-tooth enabled cell phone from my car travelling north on I-93 into a Skype patch to our CIO in Marblehead. While he skype-conferenced our developer in Nagoya Japan (at 1145pm his time), I teleconferenced our designer in Los Angeles (645am! for him :()) and our engineering and finance teams in Wareham. Within seconds we were all on the same net, talking to each other and working on the business of Local Motors. No dropped calls, no lost intent, 29mins 35secs of pure amazement and simple business.

If you feel like the economy is giving up all the gains we have worked for in the past 13 years. Think again. Those tools we built are only just coming home to roost.


George.I.Am said...

I don't like the cream filled donuts much but the other ones look good.

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