- one-to-one/many by email: the most anonymous distributed communication from one person to a group of people. Advantage: ability to spread complete and detailed information. Disadvantage: uncertainty of the message being read and understood.
- one-to-one by phone: the most direct distributed communication between two persons. Advantage: direct feedback is possible. Disadvantage: not useful for team communication.
- one-to-many by phone (phone conference): mostly uni-directional communication from one person to a group of people. Advantage: team communication is limited but possible. Disadvantage: direct feedback is hidden.
- many-to-many by meeting: ideal way of team communication. Advantage: face-to-face in one room, ability to use boards, cards, beamers. Disadvantage: unable to participate for distributed team members
I initiated a Daily Video Scrum for my distributed development team. Of course a little more preparation is needed to start the video system and, the beamer. But it's worth the effort - try it and you will see the benefits!