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About This Week’s GuestHugo Messer How to Manage Virtual Teams

Hugo Messer

Hugo Messer has been building and managing teams around the world for over 10 years.

His passion is to enable people that are spread across cultures, geography and time zones to cooperate.

Whether it’s offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make a global collaboration work.

His 6 tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Focus on creating one team or one partnership. Invest time in this and try to get away from an “us versus them feeling“.
  2. Take time to think about how you will work remotely. Do this before you actually start executing and working.
  3. When you’re developing software, use an iterative framework like Scrum. Make the process incremental.
  4. You need people with empathy on location in order to find was to get across the cultural hurdles.
  5. Use daily “standup” meetings. Get together (virtually) every day for 5 to 10 minutes in order to re-align where everyone is. This way you can truly build a remote virtual team.
  6. It is crucial that everyone in the team is on the same page. They should all be aligned with each other.

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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