Sexy 6 Agile Meeting Tips for Google Hangout Usage

So, your team is remote, or maybe just out of the office for the day. Never fear, get everyone on G+ (Google+) to use the Hangout feature.

I have used this feature numerous times for standups, kickoff, estimation, and half-day planning meetings. It’s a great tool and its free. You can share your screen, see video, hear audio from everyone on the team (in the meeting of course). But with great power comes confusion.

So here are some “pro-tips*” on how to improve the experience for all your team members using the hangout feature in G+.

1 – Use headphones. By using headphones your computer speakers wont feedback into the microphone on your computer, thus eliminating that annoying echo. the annoying echo. the annoying echo
2 – You can use the microphone on your laptop but please put your laptop on a table. We dont want to hear it rubbing against your legs, or other noises from that general area.
3 – Use an external mic if you have one, if not don’t worry. This is just a “super all-pro**” move. Add a pop guard to the mic to really be a hotdog.
4 – Be aware of what is behind you, your camera will display things besides you. So clean up the moldy pizza and empty beer bottles, or just position the camera strategically to point away from the illicit activities going on in your “office”.
5 – Give everyone 10 minutes the first time they use hangouts to play with all the silly hats and overlays. It’s going to happen, don’t fight it.
6 – Pay attention. No need talking forever and being on mute. You won’t look cool, even if you have a mic and a pop guard.

So those are my Sexy 6 Agile Meeting Tips for Google Hangout Usage

As always, feel free to comment.

* The term “pro-tip” is so annoying and condescending 

** And you thought “pro-tip” was bad.

Adventures With Google Glass – Part 1

Not too long ago I received a coveted notification from Google to inform me of my opportunity to join the “Glass Explorers” program.  It’s a cool opportunity, but by no means is it like rolling in with a rock star pass.  Nope, instead you get to buy the Google Glass, approx, $1,500.00, and then go to one of three locations to pick them up (you pay your own travel).  So I chose the greatest location, because of the city it was in, Chelsea Market in New York City. So the family and I drove up and stayed two evenings at the Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village and enjoyed a lot of what NYC has to offer.  But none of this is really important, what follows next is the crux of this whole post. Continue reading

Google ‘Tidal’ Wave

In a previous post I mentioned how Google Wave may be too much for people at first. Well it seems that thought has occurred to others as well. In an article posted on eWeek’s Google Watch a mention was made of the ‘Complete Guide to Google Wave’. It seems that the technology is giving some users fits. Hmm… go figure.

There has been other news of Google giving developers and providers an opportunity to build and distribute their own Wave Servers. Google believes that by doing this they can create the same environment that Email servers did in the past. I would have to agree with this belief, and on top of that, I believe that this will put the technology out in front of more users. Hopefully the kids. After all most of us were part of the generation of setting our parents VCR clocks for them, let the kids of today get us Waving. The kids are alright.