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Welcome

Welcome to the Flashstarts Virtual Team microsite. The goal for this microsite is to provide members and leaders of virtual teams with information about processes and tools that will help you create the best possible virtual team. With the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, many people around the world are finding the need to work as a leader or member of a virtual team for the first time or for the first extended period of time. With any dramatic change comes new stresses and new opportunities. One of our goals is to assist you in managing and reducing stress as…
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Daily Scrum

Virtual Teams Best Practices Holding a short daily scrum is the single most important best practice for the success of virtual teams. Call it a video conference, scrum, stand up, touchpoint, meeting, or anything you want but having a daily group event goes a very long way toward addressing the major challenges faced by virtual teens. The challenges faced by virtual teams - communication, trust, accountability, and productivity are all reduced when you have a brief 15 to 20-minute videoconference each day. The agenda for a daily scrum should be extremely simple. It should consist of a quick roundtable where…
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Tool Masters

Virtual Teams Best Practice Designate a 'tool master' for each software tool used by your virtual team. This tool master is responsible for developing expertise for a specific software tool. The tool master can then instruct and assist other team members and how to use the software program to its full and best effect.  If your team has more tools than members, each team member may be responsible for more than one tool. The tool master should allocate time to initially learn about each tool and later allocate time to stay up to date on new features and best practices…
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Virtual Team Icebreakers

Virtual Team Icebreakers

Icebreakers are a great way to get to know your virtual team members. They are fun, lighthearted, quick questions or activities that can break down the barriers at your virtual office. Icebreakers can allow your team to speak at the beginning of your meeting, which increases the chances of them speaking up DURING the meeting, and get an insight into everyone’s mood and personality. Check out these great icebreakers for your virtual team meeting: 1. Snapshot It is easy and fun to connect with your virtual team members by sharing snapshots of virtual offices/your home. For geographically dispersed teams, this…
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Slack latest updates: Right tool, right time!

Slack latest updates: Right tool, right time!

When more companies are working remotely, it is essential to have a go-to communication tool for big announcements, group chats, and direct messages. Slack, an instant messaging platform, can help you stay on top of your work without overflowing our email inboxes. New changes by Slack will allow you to move all conversations online seamlessly and it couldn't come at a better time. Here are the newest features: The new navigation bar with the search tool and the top sidebar that includes key conversations, files, apps, and more will help you navigate across your company easier. You can also start…
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