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You’re Invited to Join the Virtual Working Summit 2015

Do you need to work effectively when you can’t be face to face?

Do you want to have the satisfaction of working in a way that massively reduces your travel costs and helps the environment? What about slashing the time, cost and frustration of too much travel? Do you want to avoid misunderstandings with your team and stop wasting time on ineffective conference calls? What about being able to do all this while keeping others interested and engaged even when they’re miles away?

Join us for the Virtual Working Summit over five days from 23rd-25th November, 30th November to 1st December. Featuring short audio interviews with world-class experts at a time to suit you, one per day, it also gives you the chance to interact with the other participants online. This is a unique way for you to develop your skills without travelling. There is no charge to register to listen in to each speaker via the web each day. The theme for this year is ‘Virtual Working in a Changing World’ and the summit will be run in conjunction with the BA Summit.

Sign up now to book your place at the 2015 Summit. Once you’re registered, we’ll give you access immediately.

Who should attend? People who manage a team or projects across countries or continents. People who need to work across more than one site. Professionals who work with clients, or sell to them, remotely. People facing budget cuts. People who need to build trust and engage others. Teleworkers. People who need to do more with less. If that’s you, then:

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Virtual working?  For some, it’s a nightmare of bad lines, inaudible voices and technology that only works some of the time. On top of that, it can be really tough to keep engaged and focused when you can’t see people’s faces and you don’t know the people on the other end of the line. And we haven’t even mentioned the misunderstandings that happen across cultures! This photo sums up what these calls can feel like:
Is this what some of your virtual meetings are like?

But it doesn’t need to be like this!

Take your virtual meetings from frustrating timewasters to effective ways to reduce travel and carbon emissions while saving time and money. Learn how to work with your team when you can’t be with them face to face.

How? You’re in the right place! Sign up now for the Virtual Working Summit 2013.

Our team of experts share their thoughts, ideas, and experience with you, so you can:

  • Learn a virtual leadership model to help you to get the most out of virtual teams.
  • Find out just how powerful questions can be when you can’t be together.
  • Explore the lessons that anthropology can give us when applied to virtual working.
  • Gain ideas for your current, tricky virtual work issues.
  • Learn how to be productive in the distracting world of virtual work.
  • Hear how a leading insurance company has been able to create ‘remote colocation’ to make Agile projects work effectively.
  • and more!

Meet the 2015 World-Class Virtual Working Mentors: who we will reveal in the run up to the summit

Penny Pullan

Penny Pullan: Virtual Leadership of Change 23rd November

Dr Penny Pullan is your BA Summit Host. She will kick-off your summit on 23rd November with a session introducing her new Virtual Leadership model and then answering your questions on how apply virtual leadership in a range of tricky situations that you might face!

Penny has worked across industry sectors from banking and finance, through to telecoms and pharmaceuticals. She enjoys making a difference with people grappling with tricky projects. Tricky means anything from risky, with ambiguous requirements, to having disinterested stakeholders, probably with a team dispersed around the world. If that’s your world, that’s where Penny is too.
Penny is a director of, Making Projects Work Ltd, and she has hosted Virtual Summits since 2010. She is the co-editor of the book: ‘Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change‘ and she’s writing her next book on Virtual Leadership solo, also to be published by Kogan Page. You can contact Penny on Twitter at @PennyPullan or by responding to the summit e-mails.

Judy Rees

Judy Rees: Powerful Questions For Virtual Working
24th November

When you’re working virtually and involved in change, it seems natural to focus on the message you have to deliver. But in doing so, you could be missing one of the most effective tools in the change agent’s toolkit – the powerful question. Newshound turned virtual team-builder Judy Rees teaches people to use questions not just to gather information, but to build relationships and even control emotions. She will answer your questions on how to upgrade your questions! Contact Judy on Twitter at @JudyRees or via her website www.xraylistening.com

Mark LewingJohn Stuart-Clarke

Mark Lewing and John Stuart-Clarke: Remote Co-Location for Developing Software in an Agile Way
25th November

In large organisations, it’s not always possible for Agile teams to be co-located. Sometimes, team members sit hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. To be successful with remote teams, you need to use collaboration tools and share your information online. Aviva have been working on this for a few years and, at the start, remote teams made Agile development much harder. Now, though, Aviva’s remote teams work effectively on Agile developments and they find that these remote teams can even help people to work better together. But how did they do it? Mark and John will explain how using a combination of technology use and changing their approach to some aspects of development have led to success.

Mark is a Senior Business Analyst at Aviva. He has been working on Agile projects for the last few years, and all of them have involved remotely located teams. Mark is passionate about developing skills of BAs and working in a way that suits the task at hand over following a framework because you have to.

John Stuart-Clarke is a highly-experienced senior business analyst, with a successful track record of delivering the benefits discovery, pre-project approval & requirements management phases of large, complex change programmes for a number of large enterprises, including Aviva, Informa, Tech Data and Sony. Recently, John’s work has focused on embedding agile ways of working into Aviva UK’s General Insurance change function and effective data governance into the wider business.

Mark and John co-presented a workshop at the Business Analysis Conference Europe this year on the topic of ‘Remote Co-location’, showcasing some of the techniques and concepts that have allowed Aviva to be successful.

Priya Abraham

Priya E. Abraham: Cyberconnecting – how to increase your virtual productivity through identity
30th November

In our virtual world of work, we all switch between the physical world and the digital world seamlessly. But how does our identity change and how can that help to build connections with remote colleagues?

In this fascinating session, cyberanthropologist Dr Priya E. Abraham will explore the various strands of identity that we can use to build strong connections with others across boundaries. We all have a range of tangible and intangible identity elements coexisting and, once you know more about these, you can adjust each one to help you connect with others.

This session will give you new insights into your own personal identity map and help you gain a new perspective on how to connect effectively with people worldwide.
Priya’s recent book Cyberconnecting was published by Gower this year. You may contact Priya via her website.

Grace Marshall

Grace Marshall: How to be really productive when you are working virtually 1st December

Grace Marshall recently wrote the book ‘How to be REALLY productive: achieving clarity and getting results in a world where work never ends’, published by Pearson. Her session will answer your questions on how you can be productive when remote from your colleagues. She’s happy to cover any areas but suspects that most will be in areas such as:

  • how to walk the tightrope between being available to communicate and constantly distracted;
  • how to stop email from taking over your day;
  • maintaining momentum and cohesion to maximise team productivity;
  • how do you measure productivity: by impact or by hours?
  • It all depends on what you ask her questions about!

    Grace Marshall is head coach, chief encourager and Productivity Ninja at Grace-Marshall.com and author of two books.

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    How did people find the first Virtual Working Summit? Here are some extracts from the feedback:

    Great presenters

    The Virtual Working Summit was a wonderful learning and networking experience. The speakers were so very knowledgeable. I looked forward each day to listening to the sessions! The summit was an excellent way to learn and connect with other professionals in a convenient and flexible way. Thank you Penny for a great program.

    Hard to think of what could make this experience better. Penny’s efforts were outstanding and this summit was more than what I expected.

    To be honest, I can’t think of anything to improve for next year! I thought the summit was extremely well organised and the different sessions covered the topic very well. Thank you!

    a great start – looking forward to the next one

    The summit sessions were excellent. All topics are relevant. For next year, continue to do a great job on selected relevant topics
    Great summit sessions !! Speakers are knowledgeable on the topics which makes the session valuable

    Excellent concept Penny, and executed perfectly. A significant contribution to raising the profile of virtual working and use of applicable tools. Looking forward to next year already! Dr. Edward Wallington, Programme and Project Manager

    Thank you for an engaging set of discussions. John Greenwood PMP. Senior Project Manager.

    What went well? Pretty much everything!

    Thank you for hosting the Summit. I enjoyed it very much. Carl Sands, PMP – Global Delivery Framework Implementation Team Associate

    Excellent idea please make it an annual event. Simon Neale – Project Manager

    All the calls I listened to were good. I only didn’t listen to calls if I physically couldn’t make time to listen that day – I would have listened to them all if I could. Very interesting, well co-ordinated and smoothly executed, thank you! Dee Henderson-Small, Consulting Partner, Inspired Partners Ltd.

    I liked everyone

    The summit was brilliant idea! Hugely useful and encouraging to be able to hear experts on subjects that affect my virtual daily working life. Thank you Penny for organising it all. Peter Sargent, Financial Management Consultant

    I liked the speakers – good topics and good coverage of the topics by the speakers. Connie Hayes, PMI-SP

    The topics was just what we needed, because we have just started to Work in a new virtual organisation with 17 countries. What went well? The good questions and answers. That the summit was available the whole day and not just the specific time. Jeanette Prang, Learning and Change management consultant

    Good event – stimulating idea.

    I thought the telephone interviews were very professional, sound quality was excellent and good to be able to listen at any time. A great idea, wonderfully implemented. Carol Sherriff, director and facilitator, Wilson Sherriff

    Audio format combined with LinkedIn discussions. Interview topics, practical advice.

    I enjoyed ALL of the topics that were presented. I liked the fact that I could dial in at my own convenience. I actually heard my question asked during the summit so I thought that was very cool. I liked that the speakers were from a variety of countries and expertise, but it all tied in together nicely. Penny, this was a fantastic experience for me. Thank you for pulling all of the resources together and for offering us such a fantastic and FREE summit. I am already looking forward to participating next year and hope that since I registered I will be automatically on your email list for notices of same. THANKS SO MUCH! Cheryl D. Oberg, PMP [USA]

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