Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : Agile Actions for Facilitating Distributed Teams

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Agile Actions for Facilitating Distributed Teams

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Facilitating distributed team meetings can feel like having one arm tied behind your back and one eye covered. But you can free yourself of these constraints using other agile practices. We struggle with meeting tools and keeping people engaged online, but what if we collaborate with our teams to get the most value out of meetings? If we leverage pairing, mobbing, and other practices, we can facilitate successful outcomes with our teams. Mark Kilby will describe a few distributed team patterns, explain how you can adapt the concepts of pairing and mobbing to help support your facilitation online, run through a brief example, and give you a chance to adapt these lessons to your current situation. Expect to walk away with an understanding of different types of distributed and dispersed teams and how you can facilitate them, how a chat backchannel can keep team members connected, how you can pair or mob with your audience to facilitate good outcomes, and how you can use these practices to prepare for a typical distributed meeting.

Mark Kilby

Mark Kilby has been hooked on agile since he read Kent Beck’s article on XP in IEEE Software in 1998 and his XP Explained book shortly thereafter. Now, with over two decades of experience in agile principles and practices, he's cultivated more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams. Mark's consulting has spanned numerous organizations across many industries and government organizations. He has also cofounded a number of professional learning organizations, such as Agile Orlando, Agile Florida, Virtual Team Talk, and the Agile Alliance Community Group Support Initiative. Feel free to learn more at