Management by wandering around in the cloud?
“Decisions in 10 minutes or less, or the next one is free.” He wandered the halls and asked people, “What is a decision? It’s a tool to remove confusion! Are you confused? If so, then make the decision and let’s move on!”
I use to practice this as a System Administrator armed with coffee and strolling around desks of colleagues in order to find out what goes wrong and they are reluctant to communicate via any other means than coffee. It also makes your users understand that you care. And helps them relieve some pressure off when you made urgent changes that you did not have time to communicate. Most importantly you remove obstacles from their work when they are present. So I walk around offices with a coffee mug. Which raises the question:
– Now that teams become more and more decentralised, even small ones, and operating from different time zones, what is the equivalent of walking around management? Both for project and systems managers?
Skype calls and hangouts are good for scheduled events but do not quite help the same way as wandering around and solving problems for others.
I am open to ideas.