The top 5 problems with distributed agile and how to solve them

location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 8th 12:30 - 12:50 PM IST place Mysore Hall 2 people 45 Interested

Based on 10 years distributed agile experience, I've distilled 5 core problems in distributed teams. To find solutions, I've gathered data from hundreds of practitioners and wrote 6 books about remote teams. In this talk, I will share how an agile mindset helps leadership to make distributed teams work. And I'll give practical solutions for teams to collaborate better across culture and timezones.    


Outline/Structure of the Talk

I will share the top 5 problem areas I've identified, supported by examples. I will then share ideas on how to solve them. For top level, I will share how agile supports distributed collaboration and how leadership can scale agile with teams spread geographically. Then I'll move on to sharing dozens of practices I've seen distributed teams apply succesfully. I will also share some models and frameworks I've developed to help organizations manage distributed collaboration.

I will show the 'Distributed team canvas', a simple tool to help teams identify problems because of distribution + create actions to solve them. I will dive deeper into 2 important themes: cultural differences and how to bridge them effectively. Process and how to apply agile methodologies to a distributed setting. 

The top 5 problems I will discuss:
1. Us versus Them
2. Teams are in the dark
3. Culture is a mystery
4. We stop communicating
5. The black box

1. Self organization
2. Empathy
3. Engaged (proxy) product owners 

Learning Outcome

  • How agile fosters distributed teamwork
  • Leadership practices to facilitate global teams
  • What are common pitfalls and solutions in managing distributed teams
  • Learn methods and tools that can help your distributed team work better
  • Learn how to collaborate smoothly across culture, distance and time

Target Audience

leaders, scrum masters, project managers, developers. Anyone working with or in distributed teams.



schedule Submitted 6 years ago