From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams


Face-to-face is the most effective form of communication. But what do we do if we can’t get the talent in the same place and/or at the same time? Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman, authors of “From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams”, have some pointers:

  1. Determine Hours of Overlap:
    Allow teams to decide when it is best to collaborate and pick working hours that suit their individual preference. However, they suggest at least a minimum of 4 hours of overlap.
  2. Create Multiple Inspection Points:
    In addition to regular retrospectives, set time aside to problem solve together. Create a list of small issues the team wants to tackle, prioritize and work on them as a team. This allows the team to make small changes and experiments to how they work together so that they can evolve faster. Bigger issues are saved for a retrospective.
  3. Create a buddy system for new team members:
    Pair one person with the new team member to work through an integration backlog. This not only includes the general onboarding things like how to connect to internal systems or tools, but also cultural learnings about the team and the organization.

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Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Adam Mattis hosts

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