Collaboration is hard enough in person. Trying to do it remotely can be a real challenge. There are many wildly successful remotes teams, and they follow these rules:
1. Talk on the phone or video constantly
The #1 factor for success in my remote teams was our willingness to just call. If we had a quick question, we’d just call. This got a quick answer and let us go back to what we were doing. To be sure, you can use Slack to virtually “tap someone on the shoulder” and ask if it is a good time to talk.
2. Capture anything important in writing
The biggest risk in remote teams is important information getting lost in the shuffle and not properly digested. To that end, be sure to recap anything important in writing. My team uses Weekly Update to share status updates each week.