The idea behind agile development is to make in-house teams or sprints productive. The methodology promotes team collaboration, constant planning, and seamless interaction.
In this article at InfoQ, Tanya Kumari explains that effective collaboration is possible between remote teams only by using Agile methodology. As the business flourishes and the teams expand in diverse global locations, collaboration and communication become pivotal.
Sometimes, remote teams face friction and diverse situations. This may challenge agile development, but to ease such conflicting situations, organizations need a hybrid Agile development approach. Target to streamline and empower remote software development to prioritize and become more productive. Here are some smart ways to do so:
- Automation: Constant review is the best way to attain workplace productivity. However, do not forget to review the processes and aim for making them effective and streamlined. Invest in one application that eliminates the usage of multiple other applications for different processes. Also, try creating a culture with constant integration which is valuable for projects with extended timelines, managing remote teams.
- Invest Time in Actual Work: Set a daily or weekly meeting schedule with the team to understand the work status while ensuring each team member, co-located or remote, is part of the decision-making and implementation process. Investing this much time on the team will bring many conducive results than expected.
- Build Ritual into a Habit: Since Agile promotes fast execution and release, the scope of perfection is limited. Therefore, keep a close watch over daily activities to deliver a quality outcome. Accomplish daily targets to improve the chances of achieving the desired project goal.
- Sprint Progress: Do not let daily meetings kill the real work time of the team. Keep them short and quick and plan small sprints that are achievable and realistic enough for the team. Also, keep the team members updated about sprint progress using tools like Jira and Slack in real-time to promote continuous progress.
- Build a Roadmap: Brainstorm a project roadmap and communicate it to the agile teams distributed across the globe. Keep the remote teams completely involved in the planning process to meet nearby deadline. Share the plan with multiple agile teams and be responsive to shifts in the competitive landscape. Break the work plan into months, weeks and days.
- Measure the Chances Before Release: To tackle unfortunate situations, the remote teams should be flexible enough to adapt changed strategies. Agile methodology promotes transformation and delivers, whenever required. Build the next roadmap based on the data and metrics measured.
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