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Making Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Work


Geographically distributed projects are a reality in many organizations today; teams spread across multiple locationsā€”diverse cities, states, countries, cultures and time zones.

Getting the most out of a geographically distributed team is a challenge, one that is brought into sharp focus when agile methods are used. Agile and lean techniques place an emphasis on close collaboration and working together to deliver business value, but how do you achieve the levels of collaboration necessary when the team is spread across various locations, with testers in Bangalore and Poland, developers in Israel and Greece, customers in France and the UK and management in Cleveland and San Francisco?

Who should attend

This 1-day workshop is designed for managers, agile project managers, Scrum Masters, iteration managers, business stakeholders and anyone working with or on a distributed agile team.

Why attend

After this interactive and experiential workshop, you will understand the challenges facing distributed agile teams, and have approaches and techniques to address these challenges in order to create the most productive and effective team environment possible, enabling your distributed teams to deliver business value in an agile and lean way.


1. Introduction

  • Types of teams
  • Elicit your specific problems now

2. Project 1 and debrief

3. Human issues of distributed teams

  • Building trust
  • Congruence
  • Characteristics of collaborative teams
  • Activity

4. Communication in an agile distributed project

  • Compare visual systems
  • Activity

5. Meetings and tools

  • What does done mean?
  • Pairing and swarming over distance
  • Activity

6. Program vs. project management

  • Activity

7. What makes sense for you to do?

  • Alternative lifecycles
  • How to move to agile, step by step, depending on what the simulation shows you

8. Summary and wrap-up

  • Solving your problemsSummary and wrap-up


Experience on a distributed agile team

Practical details

  • Included: welcome coffee, lunch and coffee breaks
  • Language: English
  • Participants will receive a certificate of attendance

Need more information? Contact us and we’ll help you choose the right course for you.