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Distributed Agile Project: Smart Moves to Seal the Deal

Growing rage of distributed teams across the globe has escalated the demand for outsourced resources. However, as the digital channels are taking center stage, many organizations want to complete control over the core systems while becoming cynical about the traditional approach.

In this article at Stormid, Mike Cashin explains how dealing with the distributed teams using agile methodology helps in achieving the common goal of project success.

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When a project requires amalgamation, substantial development is required to transform or replace the existing model. A distributed agile approach is helpful in planning, managing and controlling the project delivery from multiple locations.

The two best ways of doing it are either spreading one Scrum team across multiple locations or operate two or more teams from diverse locations. Irrespective of the approach you opt for delivering a distributed agile project, these tips and techniques are strong reasons to make use of a distributed network:

  1. Building Culture: In a distributed team, finding a culture of shared ownership and common purpose is critical to project success. Therefore, shared vision, distributed responsibilities, and professional rapport are more efficient than a team that is in the same geographical location.
  2. Setting SMART Goals: It is best to have specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed (SMART) project goals. In a distributed team structure, setting Smart goals and achieving them is easier as teams follow seamless communication and information sharing.
  3. Online Collaboration Tools: As the distributed teams lack one-on-one interaction or physical space, access to a common virtual network makes it easier for them to maintain seamless communication. Like conventional agile teams, to manage a backlog of tasks and daily work-in-progress, use key pieces of software ‘Assembla’ or ‘Slack’.
  4. Credible Team: For the success of a distributed agile project, apart from tools, goals, and processes, each individual plays a major role in a real differentiator. Form a team of skilled people who have experienced remote working and efficiently delivered in the past. Also, trust your team’s ability to deliver the best outcome possible.

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