RE: Making Agile work with remote resources

Subject: RE: Making Agile work with remote resources
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>, "neilson -at- windstream -dot- net" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:53:24 -0400

I'm thinking of suggesting that we add a couple of phone jacks to our conference room(s) and supply the two barely-audible guys with Plantronics headsets and phones, so they can dial into the meetings they are sitting in... oh ... wait... feedback...

Aw crud. Another fine idea bites the dust.
I wonder if Maxwell Smart and the Chief still have that Cone of Silence.

Is anybody well-versed in conference audio and could contact me off-list? I'm interested in what equipment it would take to equip everybody in a meeting with a wireless headset/lapel mic and have the inputs all consolidated to a PC that was running a conference program. ... and of course, send the consolidated voices (plus any that come into the PC from remote attendees yakking to their laptops) back to everyone's headset.

Ideally, everyone in the building would have their own headset that they would use at their desks (or at home... it would be carried with their laptops), but they could also be worn to face-to-face meetings in conference rooms, where each person's headset could be paired semi-automatically with the consolidator/concentrator in the conference room, which would then be connected to the PC of the meeting moderator. I say "semi-automatically" so people walking past the conference room would not find themselves automagically listening to (and talking to) meetings they didn't intend to attend.



And before anybody asks.... yes, this is how I think all the time. It never stops. Notions stumbling over each other in a desperate plunge to get out before... ooooo, shiny thing.... sorry, what was I saying?

From: Kat Kuvinka [mailto:katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: June-11-12 3:37 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin; ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com; neilson -at- windstream -dot- net; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Making Agile work with remote resources

In our Scrum shop, since teamwork was King, anyone remote, travelling, and even sick (sometimes) had to phone in for standups, team meetings, and Sprint reviews. We even had remote people present at reviews! It was a means to justify allowing them to WFH. And for some reason, no matter how much money and people we threw at the problem, A/V was never quite up to snuff. Always quite the hot topic at our retrospectives, and quite embarassing in front of stakeholders (sigh). There is such a thing as going too far.



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References:
Making Agile work with remote resources: From: Alison Wyld
RE: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: Kat Kuvinka
RE: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: Peter Neilson
RE: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Making Agile work with remote resources: From: Kat Kuvinka

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