Agile + DevOps East 2018 Tutorial: Creating Successful Distributed Agile Teams

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Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Creating Successful Distributed Agile Teams

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Are you part of an agile team that’s distributed or dispersed around the world? We’ve seen many of these teams and they have trouble “being agile.” Their off-the-shelf agile approach doesn’t fit with their time zones: the planning is impossible, the code and tests never stay quite clean enough, and someone often feels excluded from their retrospectives and other collaborations. The “standard” approaches just don’t seem to work for these teams---where the team members are and how they work. In this workshop, join experienced agile coaches, Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby, as they explore the principles of successful agile teams. They’ll show you how to understand the type of your teams and how to translate the principles into concrete practices. They also explore how to visualize your team’s distribution in seeing their flow and value delivery. And they’ll wrap things up describing effective virtual workspaces for your distributed agile teams. In the end, you’ll learn how to create an agile approach and culture that works for your distributed team, dispersed customers, and your organization.


Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems, resolve risks, and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair and was the cochair of the first edition of the Agile Practice Guide. Johanna is the author of many books, including From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby); Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver; Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration across the Organization; Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management; and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. She writes columns for and two blogs on her website,, as well as a blog on

Mark Kilby

Mark Kilby is an Agile coach who, for over two decades, has cultivated more distributed, dispersed, and virtual teams than colocated teams. Currently, Mark serves as an Agile coach with Sonatype, a distributed Agile software development company focusing on automation of software supply chains. Previously, Mark led Agile transformations, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Mark also cultivates dispersed communities, such as Agile Orlando, Agile Florida,, and the Agile Alliance Community Group Support initiative. Mark’s book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, is co-authored with Johanna Rothman and will be published in August 2018. A sample of the book is available now via and