Most of the time our project teams share a physical desk and workspace, but occasionally we need to share a desk and workspace with someone miles apart. The distances makes sharing ideas and collaborating with team members harder to do.
As an effort to bridge the physical distance between teams, we’ve been exploring the use of Google Hangouts.
One of the first things I do in the morning is plug in an external video camera and join our project specific Hangout. Once the team has joined, we leave a live video stream going throughout the day. This makes it easy to share thoughts and ideas, as well as reinforce the sense of team across the miles. Google Hangouts also makes it easy to share a screen, online documents and other collaborative tools.
We’ve weathered some of the early adopter pain (UI changes, feature changes, etc), and made the Hangout a daily part of showing up at the office. What tools and resources do you use to help connect with remote teammates?