Ask DN: How do you connect geographically remote teams?

5 years ago from , Former Lead Designer at Zentrick

“I have no idea what X is working on right now …”

How do you ensure everybody feels connected in a company with teams that are located in different countries or even continents? And more importantly, how do you ensure everybody knows what’s going on inside of every team?

I’m talking about topics such as: statuses of current projects, latest company road map updates, competitor analysis reports, news from the industry, gossip, …


  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 5 years ago

    There are plenty of complicated solutions where you have to go through a few steps every time you want to post a quick update or mark a task as complete.

    What we prefer to use is the slightly more natural Slack and of course phones (or Skype if international calling is expensive in any of the countries your team is spread across).

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    • Nicholas Hendrickx, 5 years ago

      We’ve tried Slack but we found it a little messy. It’s especially missing a better integration of replying to somebody's post. Also, since the biggest time difference between two teams is nine hours, most messages end up being posted at one point, and looked at a much later point in time.

      Some people have been talking of setting up a video live stream, but I’m not entirely sure this is the way forward …

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      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 5 years ago

        Have a look at Hanno's playbook then.

        They are detailing a few of the methods they use to keep their (larger) team in sync, among other useful info.


        Another option that comes to mind is Quip. It's a collaborative text editor that we use from time to time to keep track of changes and bugs, in most cases after a conference.

        Lastly, have a look on Product Hunt - see if you can find some options you haven't heard of before.

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