INDUTO: 5 tips on how to manage remote teams

It’s great to have startups in the batch that help you innovate your own processes. With INDUTO video messaging service we are hacking our weekly feedback format and it seems to be working great for us. So meet them and read some advice from their CEO Vadim on how to avoid issues and manage remote teams.

Might seem a commonsense to some, but especially when you are young or haven’t traveled that much, you have this false idea that everybody is thinking like you. That they would be working just like you. When working with a remote team, differences in culture, age, character etc. become even more visible and painful, if not managed properly. I want to share 5 tips on how to help remote teams work better:

1. Cultural difference is a fact. If you don’t want to mess up, read  “When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures” by Richard D. Lewis

2. Miscommunication is the most common problem for any team. Set up clear processes and track daily progress. You can try some remote management tools like Task Management system, Documents and Source code repositories, Continuous integration

3. It is important to “feel” the people – therefore using voice or video channels are better, when you want to share knowledge, vision and do recurring calls.

4. Don’t wait a long time to congratulate your team mates or discuss how to improve things. Delays are critical for remote management, thus go for instant feedback. For inspiration, you can read “Don`t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training” by Karen Pryor

5. Share non-working context. It helps understanding each other better, making more friends, more connections and in the end – it all can help you doing your business. So embrace the difference, try to understand other people.

Additionally to that – be transparent and honest. Nobody can be anonymous nowadays, even with incognito mode browsing on internet. The big brother is watching, so be true to yourself!

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INDUTO is video messaging service for managing distributed teams. With help of short and structured video messages with team notification and engagement statistics, Induto creates additional communication channels and builds teams.

Team: Vadim Nareyko, Sergey Krivov, Aliaksandr Melchanka, Yury Zialenski