Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time Zones

The risks and complexities of Project Management evolve around communication. How do we effectively communicate needs, updates, feedback, priorities, expectations, etc. A new twist to this, really not that new – but one that I’m currently appreciating more, is the way the world works, specifically time zones. Talking across time zones includes talking across cultures……in addition to being on a call before you wake up talking to someone who’s ready to go home, think of all the common understandings that don’t exist. I recently had a review of some quiz functionality being set up, one of the questions was about vegetables….it took a few minutes to realize the foreign word entered was a local, well known, vegetable. If you can’t both understand what the local potato is, what makes you think you can understand anything more complex? On the positive side, I got a quick intro to some local Indian blue looking, squash looking, potato something that is apparently feeding a good portion of the world’s population.

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