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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Improving the Team

At Least Five Tips for Improving Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team

About half of all agile projects either have team members who are dispersed or are part of large programs where the teams are remote from each other. That makes agile, with its real-time communications rituals, quite difficult. How do you build effective collaborative and autonomous feature teams when they are geographically separated and have different cultural beliefs? Johanna Rothman shares tips on building respect across time zones, how project charters can help create team norms, when to have—and not have—real-time rituals, and how to share data across time zones. Johanna Rothman discusses how to know when a yes means yes, no, or maybe, regardless of whether you are a north-south team, or an east-west team, or both. Because this is an interactive session, you can share practices you’ve found to be effective. Let’s learn from each other and build our knowledge of how to make geographically distributed agile teams work.

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

Known as the “Pragmatic Manager,”Johanna Rothman helps organizational leaders identify problems and risks in their product development and recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna is the technical editor for and is author of Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, the 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It!

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