It's very likely that you are currently working from home, either full time or part-time. Are you and your team embracing the new remote world order?
I'll make a wild guess and say that at least one of the following points is true for you:
the "stories" in your sprint backlog consist of merely headlines
your team's roadmap is not documented anywhere to be looked up
the decisions you have made - be they technical in nature or not - are not documented
there is no up-to-date guide for new starters on how to get started
you don't know where you can look up the status of your projects / work streams to tell people how far along you are
Did I guess right? Anyway, you get where I'm heading.
Now, more than ever, it's important to document things - to give you and your team the context they need to deliver their best work.
Imagine a place where all Jira tickets are crystal clear, you know what's coming next and why you have made the decision half a year ago to use this new database that's proving a hassle. If someone new starts, you can point them to a web page somewhere that shows them how to get set up, and you can spend the Zoom time with them socializing and making them feel welcome instead of going through setup processes together. A place where you send stakeholders a simple link when they ask about the status of a project.
I think this place is where we need to be in the future. Embracing asynchronous communication and proper documentation will reduce friction and increase the mental wellbeing of any team.
I'm not saying that synchronous communication should go out the window ... I'm a fan of pairing up on problems and talking things through in a face-to-face call to get a better understanding. But we should document what we learned and build rituals around async information sharing to make the most of our time.
How are you and your teaming faring on the remote journey? Feel free to reach out and let me know, I'm interested!
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