I had the pleasure of attending the session from Brent on his experience working at KRS, his (and the companies’) agile journey. But more than just an experience report, the session had gems of real life experiments, experiences and things that worked for them around distributed teams and how important communication and collaboration was.
Brent took us back to the Agile principles highlighting 2 that are the cornerstone of the implementation around practices for improving communication during their Agile journey.
1) Business people and developers must work together throughout the project
2) The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation
One thing that stood out for me was that experimentation was needed in always improving ways to collaborate and communicate. For distributed teams the knee jerk reaction is always to find a tool to facilitate interactions. “Let’s give it a go”, should be used by all Scrum teams, if the experiment did not work at least you know and hopefully you have learned something. There are no silver bullets in Agile for distributed teams, to say something will work for you does not mean it will work for me, thus try something! And give it a go.
Next we had a guided discussion around 3 scenarios (3 teams), we had to highlight possible concerns and then to actually think about ways of addressing them.
1) Remote Product Owner
2) Multiple Vendors
3) Large Projects (integration between teams)
Apparently beer was a solution to a lot of the concerns…. Seriously, getting to know the people you are working with towards a common goal will do wonders for the success on how they collaborate.
Brent closed the evening by giving some practical tools they have used on projects to address some of the scenarios and which created some thought provoking ideas to see if we could have a check in and see how the community implemented some of the tools or ideas presented.
- Team Viewer
- CI (Jenkins)
- Design Boards
- Google apps & Project Wiki
Thank you once again to Brent and our sponsor KRS for a great evening.