Quick tip: Create a team agreement for async work
The benefits of doing work asynchronously are many. As Laïla, Head of Culture & Collaboration at MURAL, discussed in her Q and A yesterday, async work means less time on video calls and more time to think individually, and it allows people to work across time zones.
Synchronous work is the work that happens in the call when everyone are online together, the async work gets done between the calls. It can still be highly collaborative when everyone are working towards the same goal.
Teams know the benefits. Then they start to think about the reality of working in new and different ways.
As @lailavon pointed out creating agreements on when do we work async, how we work async, what tools we use, and what expectations we have is a critical first step.
Start by reviewing your meetings to decide what meetings are valuable to keep doing in person, and what meetings can be done async using the Async Meeting Calculator template from MURAL.
Next, use the Team Working Agreement Canvas from Scrum Inc. to define values and norms for how you work together.
What guidelines have you found important to make async work work? Share your favourite norms and values in the comments!