When managing a project that involves participants across the globe, it is quite manageable for any two timezones to meet (someone will be at the end of their shift while someone is starting theirs), but add in a 3rd timezone, and someone is going to have an 11 PM call. Are there any practices you have found to work well? The solutions I have seen so far are:
- Having the project manager take the hit and schedule meetings that work for the time zones of the project participants. The project manager is then a zombie during their shift.
- Schedule a recurring early-morning meeting (to meet with, say, the European particpants, and a recurring late afternoon meeting (to meet with folks in Asia). Twice the meetings!
- Have one meeting, but rotate the time so that every 3rd meeting, folks in a given region have the meeting way past bedtime.
- Make the region with the fewest participants take the hit
What has worked well for you?