Published: May 2019
Distributed agile teams have a terrible reputation. They don’t deliver “on time,” and too often, they don’t deliver what the customer needs. However, most agile teams, have at least one remote team member. And, agile approaches are here to stay.
Don’t blindly apply agile practices designed for collocated teams. Instead, learn to use three mindset shifts and the agile and lean principles to create your successful distributed agile team. Use the tips and traps to help your team succeed.
Leave the chaos of virtual teams behind. See how to help your distributed team succeed.
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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 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
Successful and even happy distributed agile teams are possible and this becomes your guidebook.
Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna is the author of more than ten books and hundreds of articles. Find her two blogs at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com.
As an agile coach, Mark Kilby has cultivated more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams. He’s coached as a consultant, an internal coach, and as a facilitator of distributed professional communities. His easy-going style helps teams learn to collaborate and discover their path to success and sustainability. See markkilby.com for his blog, newsletter and articles.
Published: May 2019