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How to Connect Distributed Teams with ProjectPlace and Zoom

We’ve partnered with Zoom to bring powerful, easy-to-use meetings to the Projectplace experience.

Published By Jason Morio

As everyone is finding themselves amid the world’s largest virtual workplace experiment, its more important than ever for distributed teams to stay connected. Because many organizations are no longer operating within a traditional office environmentthey need to come up with new ways to ensure that work is delivered fast and with complete alignment to strategic objectives 

What makes this difficult is that organizations often have an excessive number of tools that different teams use to communicate work information. Video conferencing, email, chat, and other applications make effective collaboration difficult when these tools are used outside of the context where the work actually happens 

The use of too many tools can cause distractions and inefficiencies rather than the intended outcome of seamless work delivery. However, leveraging these tools with an effective work management solution can help teams reduce context switching and more effectively collaborate on their most important work. 

Planview Projectplace currently has native integrations with applications like Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and many others. We are happy to announce that we have now partnered with Zoom to bring powerful, easy-to-use online meetings into the Projectplace experience – at no additional cost to users.

Start a Zoom directly from Projectplace 

Teams can easily start a Zoom meeting directly from Projectplace, giving them greater flexibility in mirroring all of their processes digitally and making remote work feel less foreignMany teams like to hold daily stand-ups and team syncs to stay organized, however, the nature of the changing world of work dictates that we need the capability to hold ad hoc meetings as well. 

  • With the option to start a Zoom meeting from inside a ProjectPlace workspace, distributed teams can easily facilitate discussions that begin right on a Gantt chart or Kanban board, which helps keep them organized, on task, and focused on the work that needs to be delivered.
  • A Zoom meeting on the Team Overview page allows managers and team members to communicate things like work status, capacity, and work commitments, enabling them to make the necessary adjustments to drive value to the business.  

The ability to schedule virtual sessions all within a virtual workspace helps teams to have productive conversations about prioritization and capacity, allowing them to quickly pivot when necessary — without slowing down work delivery 

Stay connected in the virtual workplace 

The reality of employees, teams, and even entire organizations working remotely will not simply fade away. Without the ability to collaborate in the context of work, companies run the risk of creating silos within the tools they usecausing teams and individuals to deliver work that is not priority or that lacks alignment to business objectives. With Projectplace and Zoom, distributed teams can stay connected no matter where they are, collaborate within the context of their work, and ultimately continue to get work done 

For more resources on leading, empowering, and thriving in a remote workforce, check out our blog series on virtual teams. 

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Written by Jason Morio VP, Product Management

In the span of his 20 year career in the technology space, Jason’s experience has run the gamut from roles in Fortune 1000 companies all the way to the “four dudes, a dog and a garage” level of startups. Jason isn’t just a spokesperson for project collaboration and the notion of “virtual teams”, he lived it in true fashion having run a software development group in Romania from his bedroom desk in Austin. He now works with several multi-faceted virtual teams that span between Austin, Stockholm and Bangalore in his current role at Planview, where he helps companies large and small to overcome the challenges they face with the ever-changing nature of collaborative projects. Twitter: @JMProjCollab