Workshop: Making Geographically Distributed Agile Projects Work

Workshop Objective: This experiential workshop provides you with an understanding and options for how you might create a successful geographically distributed agile project. The topics we’ll address are how to plan and execute the work for a geographically distributed project. Workshop Overview: If you have teams all over the world trying to create a product together, you …

Further Your Influence Skills: Vancouver & Potsdam

I’m a pragmatic realist. So, in my program management workshop and in my geographically distributed teams workshop, and in a number of my other talks and workshops this year (and next year), I’m talking about influence. Of course, I’m addressing the issue of influence without authority. You never have enough authority to do the job …

Managing Multicultural Projects with Complementary Practices

Introduction Any project where people bring different assumptions about working norms (either in product development or team behavior) is a multicultural project. Even when all project participants are from one country, the project manager (PM) may still have to deal with multiple cultures and those cultures’ expectations and behaviors. Some of the team differences are …

Six Tips for Making Global Software Development Work

More companies are looking towards globally dispersed software development teams to solve project staffing problems and make critical time-to-market deadlines. This trend is a fundamental change in how software projects are organized and implemented. Using the idea of “concurrent engineering” to deliver projects faster, you break up a project into smaller, less complex pieces and …

Making Geographically Dispersed Development Work

Abstract If you manage software engineers, or software product development, sooner or later, you will be faced with a vexing problem: not all the people are in one place, or even in one time zone. This paper analyzes the problems associated with geographically distributed product development, and discusses possible solutions to reduce project risk. Real …