Bridging the Gap: Lessons Learned from Globally Dispersed Agile Teams

Many of us work for global companies and have no choice but to work within distributed teams. This means the recommended Agile approach of co-located teams does not work. There are hurdles in distributed teams like language, culture, and time-zone differences. Join Frank Rios and Jolie Roy as they discuss the pitfalls and struggles they overcame to find their way out.  Frank and Jolie’s team consisted of people from Berlin, Chicago, and Mumbai, including various departments within the company. In this workshop, Frank and Jolie will discuss the lessons they learned over the past year while working in a globally distributed team on a project that was critical to the entire organization with a tight deadline. As Agile Coaches, they were surprised by how much they struggled to overcome this common challenge. In this session, they will incorporate activities on how to make handoffs more effective, understand and clarify roles within the team, and emphasize the importance of over-communication to aid in transparency and collaboration.   This workshop is an interactive session where Frank and Jolie will incorporate some activities to emphasize the learning objectives.


Learning Objectives:

  • How to make work handoffs more effective
  • The importance of understanding and clarifying roles within the team
  • You cannot over-communicate

Location: Louvre 1Date: May 15, 2019Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Jolie Roy Frank Rios