Those working remotely or managing a distributed team know it: face time is invaluable. The former openSUSE team has been using http://sqwiggle.com to keep in touch and Google hangout to hold a stand up meeting every morning.
We like the Sqwiggle approach. Although the last updates have made it worse, the concept of having a peep to your colleagues' desks to know if they are there (even if they are working hard or just talking to someone) and the possibility of starting a video conversation just clicking on the face shot can do a lot in reducing distances (and in killing the temptation of working naked for home-officers).
The goal is to research the possibilities to create a system allowing:
- Video presence (that is, a face shot of every team member smoothly updated every 20 seconds of so)
- Video calls with "unlimited" participants
Everything should work in a web browser and switching between modes should be as easy as possible.
It's probably too ambitious to achieve in a week just for me, but I want to take the opportunity to at least learn some AngularJS, now that I'm more disconnected from web development since my switch to the Yast team.
This project is part of:
Hack Week 11