An increasing amount of our working lives are spent in Team meetings. The biggest issue of mine - at least with the meetings I attend on a regular basis - is that they still often lack insights from data, lack open team discussions based upon and challenging these insights and data driven decision making. All too frequently meetings tend to descend into wild conjecture or arguments based on emotion without anything to back that up. Even worse, not all members of the team always have access to such data to be able to counter arguments based upon data hoarded by other individuals.
We've probably all had it happen to us at some point. The booking for the conference went smoothly. We are on time. The headset is working. Coffee in hand. Good. Good. Then we enter the meeting and start introductions when a synthetic voice plays a few sections later announcing that we have joined the meeting - right over the top of us speaking. A few seconds typically pass after that announcement in awkward silence. In calls with a larger number of speakers jitter is the last thing on ones mind in the opening and closing salvos as the conversation is shot through with these announcements. Good thing there is an easy remedy to this should we choose. It really is surprising how many admins don't realize they have the ability to manage entry and exit announcements and can rectify it within the space of less than 10 minutes.
We all love Microsoft Teams. Day in and day out, you'll see us evangelising it on social. On forums such as the Tech Community we help others with enquiries and issues. We run user groups. We write blogs. We speak at events. We vote and create uservoices. We ask all the questions we can think of at that time on the community AMA's.
My son is two and a quarter years old - two and a quarter already! I feel a bit like the subject in The Scream by Edvard Munch - where the hell did time actually go? And as any parent well knows, they grow up so fast. If you are a parent, I hope you experience the sheer joy of always being incredibly proud and biased of them; that every single day you find yourself waxing lyrical on what they have achieved - however small - and of all their possibilities and potential.
When I was young, I had MSN Instant Messenger. I used it a lot. Some of my friends at used AOL. Others used Yahoo and ICQ. Let's be honest - chat has always worked - and in many ways, we can be defined as the instant messaging generation as opposed to the email generation. There is a real beauty about an app that just focuses on chat - forget for a moment about all the bells and whistles. Remember back in time. Why did that chat apps work? Why does WhatsApp work? And Twitter? And Skype?