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12Apr

Icebreakers for Distributed Agile Teams

Getting to know new coworkers is relatively easy when you work together in a physical office space. When you spot a new person at the water cooler, you’ll eventually say hello, chat about weekend plans, and become better team members and collaborators as a result. But if you’re working from a home office, it’s easy to keep your head down, get your work done, and fly under the radar without anyone ever noticing you—and that’s not a good thing.

05Apr

Remove the Webinar Gag Rule for Online Events—And Embrace Humanity

While Sococo is indisputably the best place for an online agile team to work together (Okay, sure, I’m a little biased!), we’re starting to explore the huge amount of value the platform can add to online learning events and gatherings. One of my favorite parts of my job here at Sococo as Director of Community is all the innovative, fun, and audacious sessions I get to host with our customers, partners, and like-minded distributed agilists. These events are held in our super cool Sococo Innovation Lab, the hub of our Distributed Agile Mastery Community program.

29Mar

The Balance of Coaching v. Mentoring on Agile

Embracing continuous improvement is critical for Agile teams, and an excellent way to pursue that goal is by tapping into the expertise and experiences of a mentor. Or a coach.

Wait.

Which is it? A mentor or a coach?

21Mar

Could I Get Tired of Paradise?

I woke up this morning to the sun shining through my window and the sound of the ocean waves crashing at 5AM. I drank coffee with beans that were grown at the base of a Central American volcano. I sat on my porch and watched surfers rise and fall with the sea while I turned on my laptop to start my work day.

14Mar

Meetings, Workshops, and Presentations: Success in Facilitation Styles With Distributed Teams

If you work in a traditional office environment, you probably don’t give much thought to your day-to-day interactions with your teams. Whether it’s a brief meeting, a formal presentation for the C-suite, or a workshop with your customers, the style of your communication comes pretty naturally. But if you work remotely—or if some of your other team members are distributed across time zones—something as simple as a daily check-in meeting suddenly requires a bit more thoughtfulness and planning.

07Mar

The Usual Suspects: Overcoming the Most Common Issues Affecting Distributed Agile Teams

As part of the LeanAgile US conference last week, my colleagues and fellow distributed agile nerds AgileBill, David and Mark hosted a bonus online event in Sococo. This was for event attendees who wanted to learn more about our favorite topic, distributed agile.