Organizations are increasingly working with remote teams to discover that it can be challenging to establishing remote teams and collaborate effectively with people in remote or distributed teams. An interview with Janis Janovskis on the challenges of remote teams, working together in different time zones, using hangouts and experiments to establish remote teams and finding the right people.
When working with virtual teams the basic management tasks or responsibilities remain exactly the same, but checking if the work has been done and if the quality is sufficient tends to be more difficult. Successful collaboration is a shared responsibility of the virtual teams and the customer.
In the book series the art of managing remote teams authors share their experiences and provide advice on establishing and working with remote teams. The books are intended for people who are about to setup an offshore or nearshore team, or people who are already managing a remote team and want to improve.
In "experiences with a distributed agile team", Joost Mulders and Andriy Korpan presented how they integrated a near shore development team from Ukraine in a Dutch product development organization using agile practices. At the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference they talked about the do’s and don’ts of distributed agile.
In the XP Days workshop Agile cross borders, Hoang-Anh PHAN & Anais Victor explored how you can deal with language barriers in a multi cultural organization. They work for the Vietnamese company Officience who provides outsourcing services to French customer, using the English language to communicate and work together.
Following on from the announcement of the Flexible Contract model that supports agile development at the Agile 2013 conference, Susan Atkinson and Gabrielle Benefield have released a version of the contract under Creative Commons licensing and made it available for download.
Fundamentally offshoring and nearshoring software development are at odds with the principals of agile software development. But the financial and labor supply realities of the world have forced this principal to be bent and teams now seek guidance on how best to qualify an agile nearshore or offshore supplier. This articles tries to take a deeper on this topic.
In his blog “Tester Tested!” Pradeep Soundararajan recently published an interesting show case called "Story from a company that built "the best software testing tool". The blog author describes what happens if for business reasons testers are forced to perform tests manually in a "boring" routine activity.
ZeroTurnaround have compared and contrasted the state of the technologies used for software development, and analyzed the tool-usage aspect of Indian productivity. The survey covers application servers (containers), IDEs, frameworks and build tools used by Java teams across India and globally.
In large organizations and projects, it's not unusual for an Agile team to find itself shackled to a non-Agile partner/vendor/supplier. Friction ensues, energy is wasted. While the solution might appear to be: "hire better teams", Scott Ambler goes to the root of the problem, providing a strategy for creating better RFPs: ones that attract Agile teams.
In a recent Datamation article, James Maguire noted the challenge of staying employed in an environment in which the rules are continually rewritten. He spoke with Gartner analyst Diane Morello for 5 predictions for those of us thinking about career directions over the next five years.
In 2004 a new work-study degree program launched at NMHU, using Agile practices to execute commercial projects. The premise: create a balance of people, software, systems, craft and agility to produce development teams 10 times as productive as their traditional counterparts. InfoQ brings you the story of a unique educational experiment: a challenge to think differently about training developers.
Proponents of Agile methods suggest they can spare organizations some outsourcing nightmares, by helping in-house teams produce ROI comparable to outsourced solutions. Stories from Sprint and Sears provide incentive to at least give them a hearing.