During this unique time when many organizations have had to quickly adapt to a distributed work setups, experts Mark Kilby, Lisette Sutherland, Judy Rees, Charles Humble, Shane Hastie, Steve McCann, and David Horowitz, gathered together for an informative webinar about Effective Agility in the Age of the Coronavirus.
How do we cope with an environment that has been radically disrupted, where people are suddenly thrust into remote work in a chaotic state? What are the emerging good practices and new ideas that are shaping the way in which software development teams work? What can we do to make the workplace a more secure and diverse one while increasing the productivity of our teams? This report aims to assist technical leaders in making mid- to long-term decisions that will have a positive impact on their organisations and teams and help individual contributors find the practices, approaches, tools, techniques and frameworks that can help them get a better experience at work - irrespective of where they are working from.
As Covid-19 stay-at-home orders spread, you may be struggling to take your team remote for the first time. It's a high-stress situation, and unfortunately, your intense need to control the situation could be making it harder for everyone.
Thanks to the coronavirus scare, Zoom has become a household name. It’s a great platform for videoconferencing and one that I’ve been using for years. It’s a must have for attending daily—sometimes hourly—remote meetings with coworkers around the world.
In Part I of acework’s Remote Best Practices series, we mentioned how remote and dispersed teams have fewer opportunities for in-person discussions, which may hurt team cohesion and productivity. In addition, this may also be a barrier to knowing if a team member is dealing with a mental health challenge.
In the global transition from corporate hallways to home offices, we’ve left something behind: meaningful access to managers. Gone are the instant answers to unblock progress, information streams that managers are privy to before the rest of the organization, informal feedback and coaching while walking together after a meeting, and predictable process and structures for communicating about work and ensuring mutual accountability.
In 2017, on a live televised BBC News interview, one of Professor Robert Kelly’s kids barged into the room, swiftly followed by a second. The intrusion was both humanising and funny. Back in 2017, we might also have been a little embarrassed on Professor Kelly’s behalf.
We offer a variety of remote training options including on-demand online courses and virtual (live online) courses to continue to support you and your organization. We will update this list as more virtual options are available.
Agile has always been about colocation, about direct communication, physical boards, and all the other haptic and analog moments to create value in the digital realm. As a Professional Scrum Trainer, I strive to provide training classes without using PowerPoint or digital devices. Moreover, admittedly, I love index cards. However, times are changing. So, let’s dive into the particularities of practicing remote Agile with distributed teams.
One of the pillars of agile ways of working is team collocation. Study after study shows that teams that work together in the same place report higher productivity and effectiveness and better decision making. So, what happens when a disruption such as coronavirus renders collocation inadvisable if not impossible? Can team members working in remote locations still be agile?