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They talk about the cost of delay when using distributed teams: delay costs, rework costs, and context switching costs. But the real costs are:
"the frustrating, time-wasting, common mistakes made in coordinating meetings across time zones, such as missing the meeting by one hour because of time zone computation error."
They discuss many tricks and tips to manage distributed and dispersed teams, such as scattertime and timeshifting. They suggest the "zoner" are naturally able to "see" the timezone differences and are comfortable in breaking the email chain when a problem escalates and winds people up.
A surprised for me: "Mumbai at 13:00 is the center of the business world" and the US is a timezone outlier. Well, rock my world!
Carmel and Espinoza have data, not arguments about whether there is delay and performance degradation about geographically distributed teams. Their answer? Yes, there is delay for distributed teams. There is performance degradation. Can you manage around it? Yes. You need to do some planning, around the calendar time you meet, identifying the scattertime in your organization, the zoners, and the timeshifting and who will do it.Read more ›
This is the third book which Erran Carmel has been an author on, which I have reviewed. Therefore I was anxious to take a closer look at it. For me it was the first book that I have seen, that concentrates chiefly on time zone differences. I am vacillating as to who is the best targeted audience for this book? After reading through, I am thinking it would be most beneficial to those who have already worked, at least once, with teams across many time zones.Read more ›
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I am just in the process of setting up offices in a couple of foreign companies and this has lots of tips to help me do it well.Published on March 20, 2013 by Timothy Bock
This is a very interesting book for anyone who wants to understand the opportunities and challenges of globally distributed work and the role of time zone separation. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by sunil mithas
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