Keeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’ – David Longman, Headforwards – Agile Teams 2016

Keeping distributed agile teams ‘face to face’ – David Longman, Headforwards

Probably most of us would agree that in a perfect world, Agile teams would sit together, but what happens when this is not possible? What can you do to help the team function well together. In this session I’ll describe some low and high-tech solutions I have used to address this.

Introductory

Probably most of us would agree that in a perfect world, Agile teams would sit together, but what happens when this is not possible? What can you do to help the team function well together. In this session I’ll describe some low and high-tech solutions I have used to address this.

You have an agile delivery team but they are scattered around the office, the city, the country or even the world. This is a challenge that many teams, especially in larger organisations have – are they doomed to a sub-optimal agile experience? How can you help them work effectively together when they cannot see each other? Is the latest flashy tele-presence solution the answer?

In this session we’ll look at different types of distributed teams and how their challenges and needs differ. I will propose that you can build high performing distributed teams without spending a fortune and I’ll explain some of the successful low and high-tech solutions we have used to achieve this. To add some balance to the session and to show that it’s not all roses and gold, I’ll discuss a few of the pitfalls I have fallen into and suggest ways you can avoid them.

Dave Longman is a Product Owner and Scrum Master with 6 years experience building distributed agile teams. He currently works for Headforwards leading an agile team split between Cornwall and Kent. Previously he worked for IDBS in Surrey building agile teams split between UK locations and the US.

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