The sixth principle in the agile manifesto states:
“The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.”
With global companies, the idea of co-location can seem like a barrier to entry for Agile. We’ll show you that collaboration can overcome barriers that occur with distributed teams.
This will be practical session showing real ways we do this work together, we will review successful implementations as well as failed experiments.
We will focus on the following issues reviewing techniques that we have tried (failures and success):
How to deal with time zones?
Having teams in different timezones introduces challenges for communication, teamwork and doing things in an agile way.
How to get that Face-to-Face time?
Sometimes this is even a problem when we all live in cubicleville, in order to have good teams we need to work at good communication skills. This is essential in distributed teams.
Can you do distributed brainstorming and whiteboarding?
One of the greatest benefits in being co-located is being able to jump in a room, work together and solve those problems real time. How can we do that when we are distributed?