Just Call.
John Battelle

“Because to Get Shit Done, you have to engage real time with the people who help define what it is You Are Actually Doing”

No, the way to not get any shit done is to be constantly interrupted by real-time communication whether that is chat, e-mail (semi-realtime) or by phone, of which the phone is the most intrusive method.

The problem in modern office work is not the tool. I agree that a phone call is the richest and quickest way to align something (other than face-to-face). The problem is over-collaboration, extreme multi-tasking, poor prioritization, the likes.

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