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You might want to consider using Skype. We have a team in the US and
Australia. We have weekly meetings held over Skype and that has worked
brilliantly for us. From time to time the reception is not ideal but for a
free service you can't beat it.
Filipinos tend to be fluent in English (especially those on Luzon) though
some have strong accents. With Skype you can have them clarify things by
typing in a chat box so you can have simultaneous voice and IM. If you all
have webcams, Skype supports video so you can get some of the body language.
Skype also keeps a history of the chat so you can copy the text to create
minutes of the meeting. You can use the minutes to verify what everyone
agreed upon. Minutes can be composed and maintained on a wiki like Google
sites or use Google docs.
Enjoy working from home! I did it for 13 years. Loved the flexibility but as
noted earlier, it is hard to stop working and to avoid distractions.
On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 8:02 AM, Lev Abramov <lev -dot- abramov -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Dear all -
> first of all, a big thank you to all those who shared their insights
> regarding the online teamwork that I had requested. It looks like there are
> two main things to worry about: getting well-organized so as not to miss
> anything important (e.g., data loss) - and making sure not to tread on
> anyone's toes.
> The latest message in this thread was by chance sent to me only, not to the
> list, so I am reposting it to share with the list (and to encourage further
> discussion - I'm sure the topic has not been exhausted yet; at least I am
> totally fascinated by the wealth of ideas I've been getting).
> Needless to say I will share my initial reaction after the first working
> week with the list. My gut feeling is this new job is going to be quite an
> exciting experience.
> Best -
Joy Kocar, EIT
Technical Writer, Instructional Designer
+1-303-763-4919 ext 178
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