Building a Strong Agile Delivery Culture irrespective of Location [#AgileDelivery #AgileCulture]
4. TEAM ENERGY
Start from a position of trust. Just because the team members are no longer in the same location does not mean that you need to micro-manage and constantly check-in on them.
Accountability of your team members is necessary though, and it is important to let them know that everyone feels supported. Co-create plans and agree on ways of working as a group to ensure everybody is aware of roles and individual contributions.
Interaction on an individual needs basis is important, as it helps to build empathy as well as trust in the team members. A common and successful approach is pair-working, as it not only reduces isolationism, but also delivers better results.
Offer support when needed. It is important that leaders focus on creating the environment that will enable the team to deliver at a faster pace. Remember, every meeting is a context switch that will impact your velocity, so do not be a nuisance!
For some team members, remote working may be hard, and some may need more flexibility to care for children or family members.
To run effective Agile ceremonies, consider principles that help your sessions to be as simple and clear as possible, and give shared ownership to the team.
Try things like rotating the host of the meeting and make sure meetings are well prepared and recorded for those who might struggle to follow it in real-time.
Make sure everyone has a voice and experiment until the approach creates a fair and level playing field. Increasing the level of contribution will yield better results.
Finding the right balance between communicating enough and not becoming a distraction to the team is important. There will be no model that applies to all, so experimentation will be needed to gauge what works well.
Some teams have agreed certain hours of quiet time where everyone can focus.
Try out new ways of staying connected and find what works for the team.
4. TEAM ENERGY
With remote teams, it is important to keep the team members energized and this would require more intentionality and might feel harder to do.
Have some fun. Look for ways to surprise and delight your teams.
Look out for burn-out in the team. People tend to do extra hours while working at home and forget to take breaks. Make sure your team maintain their home life and take time off.
What works for one team might not work for the next.
Just like it is the case for co-located Agile teams, it is important to continuously review and evolve the habits that increase the team’s velocity.
Maintaining agile culture while working remotely: