The blog post series considers the everyday obstacles of working in a Scrum team as a remote employee. It provides solutions as well as best practices based on an “ideal” sprint. The first part looks at sprint planning, stand-ups, and pair programming.
How should an agile organization with remote teams and just one site approach the facilitation of distributed work and integration of distributed team members? Here we consider why it is a good idea to take a closer look at this topic, which obstacles can come up along the way and how can you overcome them effectively.
For more than a year now, I have been working for //SEIBERT/MEDIA from home at a distance of about 250km. Can agile software development work like this? Can Scrum processes be maintained, despite the distance? Will I fall out of sync with the team? Right now, I can say yes, it does work!
The paper-less office was meant to banish all paper from the office. In agile teams, however, this does not apply and this is where InstaPrinta comes in. Admittedly, a tool like Atlassian’s JIRA is a great way to manage tasks. However, in day-to-day work, a digital Agile Board in JIRA does not have the same presence as a large magnet board right in the center a team office that is full of task notes. At a glance, every team member knows what needs to be done and who is working on what. Furthermore, the magnet board contains numerous additional sections like an improvement board, a skill matrix, an absence calendar and more. This makes the analog board the central “cockpit” for all information relevant to the teams.