How to manage cloud migration remotely

It’s Monday morning standup, and 22 faces spread across your screen on yet another Zoom call. The focus is on the day’s tasks, as well as looking at problems that need solving.  

Unique to this experience is that just seven months ago, all of these faces were present in the same conference room, before COVID-19 sent them home to work remotely. 

One of the more common question I get lately is how to manage a remote migration team and do so without allowing schedules to slip? It’s really not as hard as it sounds; indeed many aspects are easier. Let me offer some advice to those who are tasked with managing remote teams and those who are on remote teams.  

First, get your collaboration tools in place. No matter if it’s Slack, Teams, Yammer, or something else, there needs to be a mechanism for instantaneous communications and real-time collaboration on tasks. Text messages won’t do here. Communication tools should be integrated with migration tools, capable of launching migrated application testing from the collaboration tool and returning results directly to the team.  

Of course, you can go overboard with tools and use too many. Complexity leads to confusion, which leads to mistakes. You’ll need to find a balance. 

Second, take network security to the next level. One of the benefits of everyone sitting in the same building is that everyone is protected by the same security mechanisms: firewalls, local encryption, and even security management tools.  

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