The Emergent Distributed Team
As the makeup of the technology workforce evolves, work environments are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. It is common for a project to never have all of the participants in the same room at the same time. Building remote teams is more than just dealing with time zones. Remote teams are:
- Sometimes a necessity
- An advantage to your business
- Increasingly becoming an ordinary part of your team composition
This session shares how a flat-structured, globally-distributed, fully-remote organization functions in an Agile and collaborative way. We'll discuss the tools, mindset, and strategies that we use to build first-rate delivery teams. Along the way we'll touch on how to embrace concepts like Open Source workflows, Modern Agile, The Heart of Agile, and Agile in HR.
If you are currently working with distributed teams or are about to embark on an initiative to build a new team, this conversation will provide a forum, blueprint and effective approach.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
This talk provides an in-depth template of how a company can behave in an agile manner while sustaining a flat, fully distributed product and technology organization. It is broken into 3 sections, specifically Commander's Intent, The Heart of Agile, and Open Source Software development methods. We explore the concepts and the applications of each as they relate to building distributed teams.
At the end of each section we'll pause for questions, and explore ideas and opinions from other attendees on what has worked and not worked within their contexts. Time permitting, at the end we'll have more organic conversation and address any questions about specific items mentioned, further things to explore, etc.
- What are some solutions to the challenges that a distributed workforce encounters?
- How can we leverage the benefits that Commander's Intent and the Open Source Software Development culture provide?
- How can people and teams make decisions while parts of their organization are thousands of miles away and asleep?
- What framework can a company put in place to support and sustain fully distributed teams?
People (especially those in leadership positions) who are currently working with distributed teams or are about to embark on an initiative to build a new team.
Prerequisites for Attendees
No specific prior knowledge is required. People who have worked in distributed environments or on teams with remote members may have a better frame of reference for some content. Those who have not will be able to take what they have learned and apply it to future situations. All are welcome.