The different engagement models, processes, challenges and solutions for a distributed Scrum Team in an outsourced product development (OPD)

A distributed Scrum team is a necessity than a choice in many cases. Often customers and their suppliers struggle to put up a team model that will work effectively and provide maximum value. The customer wants to be absolutely sure how the entire engagement will be executed so that there are no surprises later.

So, what are the different ways of forming teams in a distributed environment, what is the impact on the execution, how do you execute different engagement models, what challenges do you see and so on? These are the questions the customers are interested in.

This talk will focus on answering the above questions. We have defined 3 types of distributed team models and implemented in few of the projects in an onshore-offshore scenario. We have also tailored scrum meetings like planning, DSM, etc. so that these meetings are more effective in distributed model. While some of the changes have worked, some still needs to be enhanced further.


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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Scrum models for OPD
    1. Explain the 3 types of team structure models that can be implemented in an OPD
    2. How do you decide which model to choose
  2. Scrum Process tailoring
    1. Explain scrum ceremonies that needs to be tailored for each of the models
    2. Elaborate more on one of the models
  3. Benefits and challenges
    1. Explain what has worked and not worked
    2. Explain the challenges, solutions and benefits achieved

Learning Outcome

You will learn

  • The 3 types of distributed team models for Scrum teams
  • Know how to go about the different scrum ceremonies for each of the model
  • The documentation and communication modes
  • The challanges and solutions of each model

Target Audience

Management, Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Scrum teams

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Prashant Sagar
    By Prashant Sagar  ~  4 years ago
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    Can you please also clarify the reason why do you need a round table arrangement? Are you planning an activty/discussion?

    • Prashant Sagar
      By Prashant Sagar  ~  3 years ago
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      One more thing Pooja, can you please highlight selling points of your presentation over ?


      • Prashant Sagar
        By Prashant Sagar  ~  4 years ago
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        Hi Pooja,

         Engagement/Distributed models is a very well chosen topic. To offer better take aways from your talk you may want to consider 1. proposing a starting template and then let the team inspect and adapt based on the 3 models they will learn. 2. proposing "a model" that has worked best for most scenarios. If yuo have a slidedeck you could share, it would help reviewers/committee asses the talk.



      • Sudipta Lahiri
        By Sudipta Lahiri  ~  4 years ago
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        Hi Pooja,

        Can you ellaborate this at the next level? This sounds good at this level but I am wondering how 'introductory' is the talk given that you have mentioned it for beginners.


        Also, have you presented this anywhere before.




        • Raja Bavani
          By Raja Bavani  ~  4 years ago
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          What are the two or three or four things you want to address in this session?  How have you developed your ideas - that must be based on your experience. If yes, what kind of expereince - how many projects, customers, teams?  These details will help the reviewers appreciate your proposal.  Also, terms like 'explain the different Scrum models'  need more info.   Many readers may know only one model.  It is good to add 'for example, X, Y, Z.'   Such details and substantiation will help the reviewers and program committee appreciate your proposal.  




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