Distributed agile: how teams work across the globe

Updated a year ago

Distributed agile: how teams work across the globe

Welcome to our distributed team Our team is re-inventing how teams collaborate across the globe. Now that technology enables people to work from anywhere, teams grow distributed. Distributed teams have challenges that collocated teams don’t have. Time zones, distance and cultural differences impact the way teams communicate and collaborate.

In the software industry, there are many methods and frameworks that support teams. We are all fans of scrum and agile. Most frameworks touch upon distribution, but there’s no definite method for distributed agile. So that’s what we’re creating: a 'framework' for distributed teams. The framework contains 8 bubbles that constitute the core focus areas for distributed teams. Each bubble consists of questions, virtues and practices.

The project is set up as a crowd-writing project. The core of the model has been developed by the core team (see below). Experts from all over the world contribute practices to it, so the model evolves over time. There will be no 'final' version. Instead, we'll co-create content that stays in tune with reality and practice.

Core team

Savita Pahuja
John Okoro Arjan Franzen
Hugo Messer
The world of work is becoming more distributed and with technology pushing forward, more people will start to work remotely. Teams that work on projects from different locations, face challenges. Some challenges are similar to collocated teams. Some are magnified because of being remote. Some are different.

In this space, we're building a method, framework or cookbook that helps distributed teams collaborate better. Today, there are many methods in the agile space around scrum, agile, scaling. But nothing specifically for distributed teams. The agile frameworks predominantly focus on tech teams. The method we create should be a practical one. Not a 'follow step 1,2,3' and you'll succeed. But also not an academic overview with models and theories that are hard to apply. Something in between of that.

Some of the methods that inspire:

  • Scrum. A lightweight model. The core is clear and easy to understand. Teams can learn the method quickly, then over time improve upon the way they use it.
  • Management 3.0. The book is dry and theoretical. The games and exercises are playful, pragmatic and easy to use.
  • The rockefeller habits. Outside IT, not directly agile, but inspiring, with a lot of tools that can be used to grow a company.

There is no exact picture of what our project will evolve into. It can be called a method, framework or something else. It will be supported by an online book, which is continuously evolving. A source of inspiration for this is The book of life.

Get involved
If you're involved in distributed teamwork and you want to contribute, here are some ways to do so:
write a practice
comment on the content of our framework
spread the word
Get in touch with [email protected] or what's app +6287786693690