Working in a Remotely Agile Environment
A little bit of definition – What is Agile ?
What is Scrum ?
Scrum is a subset of Agile. It is a lightweight process framework for agile development, and the most widely-used one.
- A “process framework” is a particular set of practices that must be followed in order for a process to be consistent with the framework. (For example, the Scrum process framework requires the use of development cycles called Sprints, the XP framework requires pair programming, and so forth.)
- “Lightweight” means that the overhead of the process is kept as small as possible, to maximize the amount of productive time available for getting useful work done.
How to ensure that Remotely Agile teams communicate
Create a workplace culture for your remote teams
While managing or working on a remote team, it is important to have a vision of team culture. Culture is about human beings, and people want to feel part of something positive and bigger than themselves. Remote Agile teams will need to create a culture that has the ability to focus on quality, productivity and commitment in order to operate effectively.
Allow a degree of flexible working hours
Previously working from home has allowed people to get the flexibility with their working hours. It is an important aspect to include flexibility in working hours to manage remote teams. Child care issue’s when a family member is not in school is an important aspect to consider when thinking of flexible working hours.
Remote Communication Tools
Nothing is more important to remote team communication than the team’s digital toolbox. Without the ability to have organic, in-person interactions, employees can easily become forgotten. Staying available through the use of virtual tools can also help the team to stay connected and at the same time, they can chat and resolve any sorts of upcoming issues.
Some popular tools to perform this are:
- Microsoft Office 365 / MS Teams
- Google Hangouts
Remote teams can bring more complexity, communication gaps, culture gaps, time zone challenges, skill gaps and lack of transparency — if we let them. We can also thrive and bring many benefits of remote teams while addressing the challenges head on, and with success.
Take your team to the next level !