Making remote collaboration work

Published on April 28, 2020
Last modified on July 09, 2021

With physical meetings out of the question during this time, there’s hardly any difference between working with a company in the same city or one on the other side of the world. In this series, we’ll look at best practices in remote collaboration, and how you can make the best out of it in working with both internal teams and third-party partners or suppliers.

Over the last weeks, businesses around the world (some more than others) have been forced to adjust and adapt to the new reality of a world facing a COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously onsite teams have now shifted to remote work, and we’ve seen how video conferencing and online real-time collaboration tools have grown to be the new normal.

While there were inevitable hiccups along the way, we’ve come to realize that working together without being in the same location is possible… and actually works.

Of course, it’s not like remote collaboration is a new concept. Home-based jobs have been on the rise for years now, and some businesses have adapted a completely online and remote workforce.

But even as we go increasingly digital, most companies still place high importance on face-to-face meetings and collaborating on a project in the same room.

There are certain advantages to being in the same geographical area with your suppliers: with software projects, for instance, it’s very convenient to be able to meet onsite for project planning or even quick status and catch-ups.

With the current situation, though, physical meetings have been rendered impractical, and may even continue to be less than ideal for a long while.

1902 Software and remote work

Our own team at 1902 Software, who’ve always worked in the same physical office until March 2020, has temporarily shifted to a remote working model.

Working from home may be new for us, but remote collaboration isn’t.

Being an export company, our clients have always been located in other countries from different parts of the world. And we’re learning that collaborating remotely within the team in the same region is not so different from collaborating with clients from Denmark, Australia, Norway, Sweden, or the USA—after all, when we can’t meet physically, remote is remote.

So we’ve put together a list of things to consider when working with an offshore partner or supplier, some tools to help you with remote collaboration, and a collection of best practices we’ve been doing that can help you work better in a remote setup.