In the last twenty years, the agile approach to digital engineering has become the accepted standard for developing and delivering digital initiatives. The agile movement has centered around cross-functional teams, smaller workgroups, flexibility, collaboration, trust, and the delivery of incremental improvements from its earliest days. When the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001, the world of work looked very different from the workplace, most of us would recognize today. While agile doesn’t explicitly mandate co-workers to be co-located, there’s an underlying assumption that collaboration, trust, and brainstorming work best when people can reliably meet physically. In the intervening decades, the world of work has moved in the opposite direction. Distributed environments have become increasingly common, which means practicing agile involves factoring different office locations, time zones, countries, and continents into the workflow.
We get a lot of practice at distributed agile at Apexon: our own teams are dispersed across three continents and multiple offices. When asked, our customers highlight the level of skills they encounter, the quality of the people and the successful outcomes that they enable. Finetuning our working processes, policies, behavior, and habits to fit a distributed agile model isn’t just good business; it also makes for a better work culture.
Here are ten tips and tricks we’ve learnt along the way to ensure organizations stays agile in a distributed environment:
We’ve been practicing agile since the company launched over 16 years ago, and we’re always learning new ways to hone our skills. Distributed agile is an approach that ensures we take the best of agile and map it onto the digital requirements of a new age. If you have a digital challenge, share it with us, and we will solve it for you. Get in touch using the form below.
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