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From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams

May 15, 2019

This week in 1919, the U.S. Navy Curtiss NC-4 flying boat, commanded by Albert Cushing Read, reached the Azores as part of the first transatlantic flight, which took 23 days in total. Just a month later, John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first nonstop transatlantic flight in a modified WWI Vickers Vimy bomber, carrying a small amount of mail as they went. Since then, global communications have increased in speed and bandwidth, making it possible to run businesses with completely distributed global teams. But the agile approaches that work for single-location teams don't necessarily work for distributed ones. Veteran author Johanna Rothman (Manage It!, Create Your Successful Agile Project) and Mark Kilby offer solutions to adapt agile practices to these modern team structures.

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From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver

You've worked on agile teams before, but how do you use these same practices with a distributed team? You don't! Taking off-the-shelf practices designed for collocated environments will only frustrate your teams. Or worse, you may even cause harm by forcing people to work unnatural hours because they are in a different timezone. Because your team works in a different environment, they need to think about a different way to work.

In this book, Johanna and Mark take you back to agile and lean principles and help you think about how your team can adapt their culture, practices, and virtual workspace to continuously deliver. Three mindset shifts begin this rethinking process. Then Johanna and Mark describe eight principles to guide you on crafting the best collaborative environment for your teams. They also address hiring for your distributed teams and how leaders optimally support these distributed teams. Mark and Johanna provide many stories of how teams they have coached followed these principles in developing their own agile practices.

Successful and even happy distributed agile teams are possible with this guidebook.

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Upcoming Author Appearances

  • 2019-05-16 Johanna Rothman,
    Austin Agile at Scale SIG
  • 2019-05-20 Diana Larsen,
    Global Scrum Gathering – Austin, TX
  • 2019-05-24 Michael Keeling,
    XP2019 in Montréal, Canada
  • 2019-06-06 Jeff Langr,
    Agile + DevOps West 2019, Las Vegas, US
  • 2019-06-25 Kevin Hoffman,
    KubeCon / CloudNative Con Shanghai
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