Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 1

I’ve been working with geographically distributed and dispersed teams for the past couple of years. Some of them on quite large programs, some of them reasonably small. What they all have in common is that they all want to transition to agile. Most of them start this way: someone takes a Scrum class, gets all …

Drum Roll: Public Workshop April 17-18, 2012

I’m so pleased to announce that Shane Hastie and I are leading a workshop on Working Effectively In Geographically Distributed Agile Project Teams, April 17-18, 2012 in Pleasanton, CA. Yes, that is Elisabeth Hendrickson’s Agilistry Studio. Shane and I first delivered this workshop last year in Australia, when I was there for Software Education‘s SDC. …

Working Effectively In Geographically Distributed Agile Project Teams

A Workshop with Johanna Rothman and Shane Hastie, Pleasanton, CA, April 17-18, 2012. Geographically distributed projects are a reality in many organisations today; teams spread across multiple locations – diverse cities, states, countries, cultures and time zones. How can you work effectively in a geographically distributed agile team? Can a distributed team really go agile? …

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 …