Synchronous Communication is overrated! : How to thrive in an uber distributed team
The ThoughtWorks Identity team is a globally distributed remote team of 5 people. We deliver IDAAS (Identity as a service) to more than 5000 ThoughtWorkers in 14 different countries and we do it 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We don't have an always-on video link. There is no time of day of when we can all get on a call together, yet we succeed in providing end to end product development and support to our customers. Including delivering new product to production on a daily basis.
We achieve this through choosing not to fight against our distributed nature, but by embracing it and by leveraging the advice contained in the principles and values of the Agile Manifesto
This presentation will share our journey and some of the things we have learned along the way and we will challenge the existing thinking behind what is required to thrive as a member of a distributed team.
Outline/structure of the Session
- Introduction to the topic - what do we mean by a distributed team
- Some examples
- Case study - Identity at ThoughtWorks
- Experiments - why, what and how?
- Solutions - our findings and experience
- Some general principles of distributed working
- Global team playbook
- Questions and discussion
Participants will leave the session thinking differently about distributed teams. The presentation materials will include a playbook of ideas to help them get started setting up a new distributed team or to make improvements to the experiences they have within existing teams.
This talk will be of interest to anyone struggling with the experience of working with a distributed team.