First things first.
Establish the best way to communicate with your teammates.
What works best for each individual? Are they local or remote?
Establishing a rapport is key to a good working relationship.
Find common interests and delight in the differences!
RESEARCH (Before, During & After)
The creative path is perhaps not straight, but it does have purpose: the end product. It can incorporate many of the items mentioned in the list above, but reality is that you don’t always have the luxury of time, or manpower to cover all these bases perfectly, so you might have to use your experience and seek out some “creative” ways of working. One example below.
That all said, no two projects are the same.