Suffering from “Zoom Fatigue”? Asynchronous (async) collaboration can reduce unnecessary meetings and speed up the output from your team.
Three Basics: As in a synchronous (traditional) meeting, async collaboration is most effective when the roles of each contributor are clear, everyone has clear expectations for their contribution and they know how to use a common tool.
Roles Example: Not everyone has the same role in async collaboration, but each person should have a designation fitting their skills and the needs of the project.
In the example below the team is writing a service description for a website. The vertical axis lists each of the roles, while the horizontal axis displays the teams progress over time.
Expectations are Key: Effective teams make it clear who is needed, the details of what needs to done and clear standards outlining how the work is to be done. One of the most critical expectations is time as articulating when work needs to be finished prevents the work from dragging on too long.
If you use async meetings, which of these practices have you found most helpful?
If you don’t, what’s holding you up?