Early Version of Distributed Agile Teams Book is Available

Mark Kilby and I have finished the first four chapters of  From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. We thought we had five finished chapters. Then we realized how much more work we had, to move from Google docs to Markdown. Sigh. We have four finished chapters 🙂 And, we know how to collaborate in …

Please Help A Pair Select a Title for a Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Book

I’ve been a part of geographically distributed teams since the mid-80s. I’ve taught and written about agile distributed teams for several years Now, I’m pair-writing a geographically distributed agile teams book with Mark Kilby. We’ve tweeted a little. We’ll be talking about our process at Agile 2018 in an experience report. We need your help. …

Understanding Distance for a Geographically Distributed Team

As Mark Kilby and I work through the images and text for the geographically distributed teams book, I wanted to clarify what collocated and distributed mean. Collocated teams sit near each other in space. However, not everyone agrees on what is “near.” In Developing Products in Half the Time, Smith and Reinertsen use the Allen …

Agile Practice Guide Interview with Mike Griffiths

Last year, I was part of a geographically distributed team who wrote the Agile Practice Guide. Shane Hastie interviewed us during Agile 2017. His interview (which was a ton of fun!) is here: Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the Agile Alliance/PMI Agile Practice Guide. I learned a ton from that writing experience: Geographically distributed agile …

Connecting with Humans

I just read Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software. I’m not surprised. That’s because we are humans who work with other human people. I want to talk with people when I want to talk with them, not when some protocol tells me I must. It’s the same problem when …