Agile Anti-Patterns in Distributed Teams

Implementing Agile is hard. You know what is even harder? Implementing Agile across distributed offshore teams.
Due to constrains we face in our daily communication and collaboration, it is always difficult to get rid of old waterfall thinking. Sometime waterfall way even feels easier. This is where we find most of Distributed Agile Anti-Patterns.
Agile Anti-Pattern often looks like Agile, it follows the right mechanics, but it is missing essential Agile values and principles.
Join me for an interactive session where you will learn about 10 Agile Anti-Patterns specific to outsource and offshore development, and the ways to address them.

Some of my favourite Anti-Patterns are:
* Retrospective via emails
* Scrum Master across the sea
* Stabilisation sprint (sprint for bug fixing)

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The materials will be delivered in a lecture format.
There is 1 group exercise planned for this session (see below), although I plan other small interactions with the audience:
e.g.: The audience will use thumb voting as an example of feedback technique.

Session has the following outline:

1. Introduction and check-in (2 minutes). It will include small check-in exercise to draw attention from attendees.

2. Introduction to concept of Anti-Pattern (3 minutes). This section will cover definition of Anti-Pattern, differences between Anti-Patterns and other issues (Anti-Patterns are usually perceived as correct Agile behaviour by the team) and dangers of such Anti-Patterns.

3. 10 Distributed Agile Anti-Patterns (25 minutes). In this section I will describe most common Anti-Patterns observed by me, and provide ideas on how to treat them.

4. Exercise (10 minutes). During this exercise, audience in groups will be requested to come up with their own example of an Anti-Pattern.

5. Wrap-up (3 minutes). In this section I will summarise the session and will reiterate main learning points.

6. Questions (2 minutes).

Learning Outcome

Audience will learn about common Agile Anti-Patterns, specific to distributed teams.

These session is focused on distributed teams, offshore teams, outsourcing.

Attendees will be able to identify these Anti-Patterns at work in future, and will be able to address them successfully.
Attendees will be able to improve communication and collaboration within their current teams.

Target Audience

Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Leadership, Agile Coaches

schedule Submitted 3 years ago

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  • Ravi Kumar
    By Ravi Kumar  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Pavel,

    Is there a link to the slides/articles that talks about the 10 Distributed Agile Anti-Patterns. While the topic is interesting it is quite difficult to understand without the details. Also, the links shared take us to the respective conferences. Will be useful if we could get to your presentation content.

     

    P.S: Going thro' the proposla couldn't find any links to the topics. Not sure if I'm missing something or not looking up right. Apologize if that is the case but request you to please point me to the right links.

     

    Thanks and regards,

     

    Ravi

  • Sudipta Lahiri
    By Sudipta Lahiri  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Pavel,

    Are all the 10 anti-patterns related to the offshore/distributed environment; else, I am wondering if it would be better to move it to the Agile Lifecycle track.

    The other thing is that what do we do in these situatons when we do see these anti-patterns. For example, retrospectives with email is an anti-pattern but what do you do when teams are distributed in 2-3 places and they cannot travel? In my experience, the alternatives in these situations are difficult. Can you give some guidance on the same?

    Regards

    Sudipta

    • Pavel Dabrytski
      By Pavel Dabrytski  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Sudipta,

       

      all of the anti-patterns are related to offshore/distributed teams. I don't believe it would fit Agile Lifecycle.

      Regarding 'In my experience, the alternatives in these situations are difficult'. That is the reason why I call them anti-patterns. People are looking for easy ways, which have Agile mechanics (like email retrospectives), but lacks Agile Values (individuals and interactions for example).

      One of the solutions to email retrospective would be to use skype/google hangout/gotomeeting, together with online white boards (like scrumblr, notepapp.com etc.) plus facilitation techniques like (check-in excercises etc.).

      Session is focused on identifing the anti-patterns, so people are aware, and also providing solutions for them.

      Regards. Pavel.

  • Srinath Chandrasekharan
    By Srinath Chandrasekharan  ~  3 years ago
    reply Reply

    Pavel,

    This is an interesting topic . I assume when you are talkignof distributed teams and common anti patterns, it would include offshore teams as well. One of the most challenging aspects of offshore agile is to get the stakeholders to give committment to the teams across the globe, especially in a different time zone.

    Would your talk cover some aspects of this.

    Regards,

    Srinath

     

    • Pavel Dabrytski
      By Pavel Dabrytski  ~  3 years ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Srinath,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      Your assumption is right, I will mainly focus on offshore and georaphically distributed teams. I've updated the proposal to make it more clear.

      And thank you for mentioning different time zones. I will definetely include an Anti-Pattern related to different time zones.

      Regards. Pavel.


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    Director - Product development
    AON Inc
    schedule 3 years ago
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    20 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Couple of years ago our business unit engaged a vendor in India  to do some software development for us.  Since we are agile scrum based organization, we are seeking a vendor who has exposure to agile. We identified and signed up with a vendor to start the process. It was a ride filled lot of excitement and challenges. Finally we are able to land safely.