Status meetings are essential for effective and efficient collaboration. They keep your distributed team on track. They are one of the reasons why people working in different parts of the planet stay informed and connected. And yet…
A couple of recent surveys have shown that 46 percent of employed Americans would rather watch paint dry or do some other unpleasant activity than sit through a status meeting, and 69 percent admitted that they are working on something else during virtual meetings.
The reason for such stats is quite simple: an overwhelming majority of leaders and managers just don’t know how to hold team meetings so that they bring benefits to the company as a whole as well as to individual employees.
Your team doesn’t have to feel negative about team meetings. In fact, with just a little effort you can easily get your team to be attentive and productive in meetings. With over 15 years of experience in facilitating distributed teams, we know how to keep team meetings short and sweet, and finish them before the attendees start to lose focus. You, too, can make your team meetings work, following 5 simple steps below.
Agile software development will soon be dominating the industry, with more businesses adopting Agile methodology each day. Companies that hire programmers offshore, however, are not so fast to dive into distributed Agile development. The core values of Agile – face-to-face communication, understanding, trust – may seem difficult to live for teams that are located away from each other and differ in mentality and language. That’s why many companies think Agile software development is not something they can implement with offshore developers.
Different time zones, language barriers, differences in mentality are going to make distributed Agile development harder, but with the right approach you can minimize their impact and create a successful distributed Agile team.
So, what difficulties should you be ready for and how can you overcome them?
The 8th Annual State of Agile Survey, conducted in 2013, shows that 76% of the respondents are distributed Agile teams. This may seem controversial: isn’t colocation the best way to practice Agile methodology? Obviously, it is, but the amazingly high rate of companies that practice distributed Agile process shows that remote collaboration doesn’t have to be an obstacle for agility.
What Should a Distributed Agile Team Do to Succeed?
Agile processes for distributed developers will differ from those that collocated teams implement. Because the team is not homogeneous and the circumstances and purposes differ, the processes should be tailored to these peculiarities.
What Are Main Challenges for a Distributed Agile Team and How to Overcome Them?