Overcoming Agile Virtual Team Challenges

Agile is everywhere. Software development companies can’t seem to live without it – no Scrum, no glory. But Scrum as an agile implementation is no recipe for a guaranteed success: it may even be the opposite. While it´s tempting to go Agile “all the way”, you might want to think twice before doing so and ask yourself what is it you want to achieve through applying it. In this webinar, catch up with Heidi Araya, our guest speaker, who will discuss agile virtual team challenges and how to alleviate some of the inconveniences of working in an agile remote environment.

These words of caution come from Heidi Araya, an Agile Coach and Trainer who has over 20 years of experience with software development teams in roles ranging from Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Project Manager, and Business Analyst. Through her work as a speaker at events and conferences worldwide, she aims to show teams and enterprises the value of a cohesive vision and mission, systems thinking, and self-organizing teams.

Process improvement has always been her passion and is a constant factor in her work to date. Her expertise on the topic is brought to the front through her presentations and written content. Recommended in particular are a set of articles on LinkedIn, that show she is an engaging writer who explains in everyday-language why one Agile method is preferable over another one, or what is the difference between a Project Manager and a Scrum Master. She warns Agile job hunters for what she calls “Frankenstein job descriptions” that “list solutions for challenges”, or worse.

Because more and more software development teams work remotely, XBOSoft decided to host a webinar on the challenges faced by agile virtual teams and invite Heidi as a presenter. This webinar will take part on October 3 and is titled: “Overcoming Agile Virtual Team Challenges – Is Part or All of Your Agile Team Remote?”. During this webinar, she will discuss the different kind of remote teams, challenges they face, how to communicate effectively, so that virtual teams are engaged, happy and productive.

Getting accounting right takes supervisors reviewing software at every stage for errors.Creating high-functioning geographically distributed working teams is a hot topic, as more and more employees work remotely, both part-time and fulltime (at least in the US). While there are obvious advantages for both companies and employees to work remotely, there are also challenges to solve when employees are no longer present and working in the same space. The good news is that there are lessons to be learned from companies with remote teams, these include the right mindset from employees, as well as structured plans and processes to equip them.

For those already curious on the contents of the webinar, the topic of distributed workforces is mentioned by Araya in an online article on Agile, published on LinkedIn with the title “Is your company ‘fit’ for Agile?”. When asked if Scrum is a good fit for a team with members in 5 different locations and time zones, each with specialized knowledge to contribute to the team, her answer was “no”. She instead recommended Kanban, an evolutionary, non-disruptive method that promotes gradual improvements to an organization’s processes.

For more insights on how to increase your agile team´s effectiveness, register for the upcoming webinar!

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