That's the question I've been asking myself for the past months.
The current situation forces many of us to work remotely – and maintaining a good team spirit and cohesion can be difficult, especially for teams that are not used to work this way.
We tried a lot of things to stay close and agreed that video conferencing was a good way to recreate what we had when working in the same office – so we've started by using Zoom to create a recurring "morning coffee" meeting.
Not a mandatory meeting – but always here for anyone to drop by and say "Hi"
That was great, but it was only a one-time-in-day gathering and then it was radio silence...
That's when I started thinking about a way for those gathering to be more present in our day to day and spontaneous – I was picturing people being able to just moving around in the office and starting talking to each other... but not in real life.
That why I've decided to build Swingby – a minimalist video conference tool to create space for informal conversations and spontaneous collaboration between remote teams – as if they were working in the same room.
It took me three weekends to build it, so it's really a MVP – but it has been really great for us, so I'll share it with you folks.
I'll be more than happy to get your feedback 🙏
And you? How do you deal with maintaining a good team spirit with a distributed team?