In this special edition of the podcast, made in conjunction with Retrium and the Agile Alliance, we brought together a panel of remote working experts to explore and share experiences around what teams and individuals can do to cope and be effective in the environment where so many people are suddenly forced to work from home and collaborate remotely.
As we are all aware, the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting many people around the world. In order to contain the spread of the virus, many governments and some enterprises have started putting policies in place to restrict travel in order to limit exposure. These restrictions can be challenging for Agile teams and ARTs who, as stated in the Agile principles, greatly value face-to-face communication. In SAFe we embrace and extend this with PI Planning—a (mostly) face-to-face event for everyone on the ART. An important discussion is how can we maintain the benefits of this event when not all members can be present in person.
There are also opinions that with some events, organizers have had too much control over them for too long, and a swift shakeup of the industry may be a good thing. This is particularly relevant to an event such as MWC, where many mobile industry insiders feel that the GSMA has too much influence over product announcement schedules.
At the moment, the events surrounding the new COVID-19 virus are escalating. While the tourism and event industry is suffering heavily from the current situation, many start-ups are rather optimistic about the future. Especially young companies are predominantly operating digitally. The pandemic is now driving this development even further.
Can you mix distributed open source culture with agile and lean principles? Sonatype is a unique company of open source leaders that produces software development support tools for companies that are striving to manage the risks of using open source software components. We describe how this startup has successfully used Scrum with completely distributed teams spread across multiple time zones. Find out what preconditions exist, principles we’re discovering, and practices we use as we coordinate the work of multiple teams across an open source product line with everyone working from home-based offices.
Remote work is all around us. And it’s great! But, as it’s widely commented in the agile community, it poses some specific challenges when implementing Scrum or other agile approaches. Below you will find some tips on how we tackle them at Netguru.
As the coronavirus spreads, companies must make proactive decisions that help them protect individual employee health, keep critical work on track, and prepare for the potential for planned business disruption. Many are revisiting policies, considering new technologies, canceling conferences and restricting all but business critical travel. And now Twitter is even encouraging all employees to work from home.
Not too long ago, we had to put our remote training to the test. The building that houses our corporate office fell prey to environmental issues that required immediate attention. Our building was shut down. We had to switch from a physical office to a virtual one. And we did it. Without missing a beat.
Interesting times have come. Due to danger of coronavirus spread many organizations decided to switch to the remote work model. Besides the influence on Scrum implementation, this might be a new situation for you personally. At first working from home might seem easy, but without a good approach, it might be difficult to get things done. I have worked many times from home and as Agile Consultants, in QAgile we are all part of a virtual team. A long time ago I noticed that I won’t get much done while seating in my comfortable chair in front of the TV. Thanks to my interest in psychology and coaching I quickly discovered what’s the trick. Let me share my personal experience, few techniques and tricks to be productive and keep work-life balance.